Tuesday, February 19, 2013

EU Naval Force Captures Nine Suspected Pirates Off Somalia

As piracy off the coast of Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea continues to dominate headlines in 2013, this latest update from the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia...

February 19, 2013
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Former Pirate Kingpin Leading Anti-Piracy Gang Full of Ex-Pirates

Mohamed Abdi Hassan (aka Afweyne), the ex-Somali pirate Kingpin once referred to by the United Nations as “one of the most notorious and influential leaders” in the Somali pirate business,...

January 23, 2013
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

After Two Years, Somali Pirates Release Syrian Hostages Without Ransom

MOGADISHU – Somali pirates have released three Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without payment of any ransom, government officials said on Saturday. The three were part of the...

January 12, 2013
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Pirate Kingpin’s Retirement Announcement Press Conference [VIDEO]

Is this guy kidding me with this press conference? Earlier this week we posted about a pirate “Kingpin” named Mohamed Abdi Hassan, aka ‘Afweyne’ (translated ‘Big Mouth’), who announced his official...

January 11, 2013
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Good Riddance: Somali Pirate “Kingpin” Retires

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, aka ‘Afweyne’ or ‘Big Mouth’, the notorious Somali pirate kingpin reportedly behind some of the regions most high-profile hijackings, has announced his retirement. According to a report...

January 10, 2013
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pirates Nabbed After Attack Off Somalia

Twelve suspected pirates operating off the coast of Somalia were picked up by a naval warship after reportedly launching an attack on a merchant vessel. The EU Naval Force, aka EUNAVFOR,...

January 8, 2013
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Millionaire’s Private Navy Ready to Take on Somali Pirates

A new British private navy will soon begin plying the Indian Ocean to help support the fight against Somali pirates. The UK’s Sunday Times reported yesterday that the new navy, founded by companies...

January 7, 2013
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Somali Pirates Release Crew of ‘Iceberg 1’

Somali pirates have released 22 hostages held since March 2010 aboard the M/V Iceberg 1, according to a statement by officials in Somali’s semiautonomous region of Puntland. The Iceberg 1, hijacked...

December 23, 2012
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Navy Piracy Missions

NATO Commander: Somali Pirates’ Business Model Still Intact

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS – Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia have dropped sharply this year but piracy remains a viable “business model” and could bounce back if international naval forces...

December 17, 2012
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Somali Police Forces Launch Raid to Free Iceberg 1 Hostages

Three pirates have been killed in a botched attempt by Puntland authorities to rescue hostages from Somali pirates’ longest held ship, the M/V Iceberg 1. Local media reports indicate that...

December 13, 2012
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Somali Pirates Free Four Hostages After 19 Months in Captivity

SEOUL (Reuters) – Four South Korean sailors abducted by Somali pirates 19 months ago were released on Saturday, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said. The MT Gemini, a tanker operated by...

December 3, 2012
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Somali Pirates Are Having a Bad Year, NATO Data Shows

The number of attacks carried out by Somali pirates in 2012 are down… way down. According to new data released this week by the NATO Shipping Centre, Somali pirates have...

November 21, 2012
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Piracy Remains a Persistent Threat, With Real Victims – CMF

By Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) The Indian Ocean, and Gulfs of Aden and Oman have long been an ample hunting ground for the pirates who wish to ply their illegitimate trade...

October 31, 2012
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Somali Piracy Falls to Six Year Low

(Bloomberg) — Somalia piracy attacks against merchant shipping fell to the lowest in six years in the third quarter as armed guards on vessels and naval patrols cut attempted hijacks on the trade route...

October 22, 2012
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Navy Commander: Private Security Alone is No Match for Piracy

Herdon, Virginia — U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) Terence E. “Terry” McKnight, the pioneering U.S. Commander of Task Force 151 off the coast of Somali and the author of the...

October 20, 2012
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