VoA News: Officials Say Somali Piracy is Declining

12.10.09

Categorie: Africa, Axe on Donald Cook, David Axe, Naval, Piracy |

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by DAVID AXE

In 2008, Somali pirates captured more than 100 large commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, provoking a massive international response. Today, some 40 warships patrol Somali waters. The patrols and other measures have helped decrease successful hijacking more than 90 percent. Monsoon winds also contributed to the reduction, but U.S. maritime officials warn hijackings may increase now that the regional monsoon season has ended.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook departs the port of Djibouti in East Africa, bound for a patrol zone somewhere in the Gulf of Aden.

In 2008, Somali pirates prowling the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean hijacked more than 100 large vessels.

In the last 18 months, warships from more than 12 nations have converged on Somali waters, to combat the pirates. These and other measures have finally had an effect, says the British officer leading the NATO counter-piracy fleet.

Read the rest at VoA News.

(Video: David Axe)

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One Response to “VoA News: Officials Say Somali Piracy is Declining”

  1. Om says:

    Hey David, check this video that ironically credits Somali pirates for saving the livelihoods of fishermen in Kenya as well as marine life returning to healthy in kenya’s coastal waters in more four decades. Something is gotta give!

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