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Nov 5th, 2005, 07:48 AM
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Cruise liner fends off pirate attack just off the Somalian coast

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/11/05/somalia.pirates/

A luxury cruise line will re-evaluate whether to offer future cruises off the coast of Somalia after pirates attempted to attack one of its ships early Saturday.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 06:54 AM
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Ever considered how close Somalia is to the gulf?
Ever looked at recent history? Black Hawk down etc?
Not rocket science, but is a wonder that this hasn't happened before!
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Nov 7th, 2005, 08:18 AM
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The cruise routes through Suez Canal and down the African coast to Mombasa, so it's impossible to not be close to Somalia as the ship takes that turn out of the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden into the Indian Ocean.

Cargo ships were attacked before by the Somalian pirates, but this is the first time a cruise ship was. All the reports point to economic piracy, not a terrorist attack. I know it's a fine line, but mostly these pirates attack food supply ships, a very lucrative and powerful currency in that part of the world.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 11:09 AM
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Believe that was the same area where Geraldo Rivera was attacked, on his millenium cruise (last part of '99) around the world, on his own yacht. A dangerous neighborhood, I'd say.
 
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Nov 7th, 2005, 12:39 PM
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There are serious discussions going on between the EU and US about asking NATO to set up a small naval task force to patrol these waters.

Some of the cargo ships carrying UN food relief to Somalia and Ethiopia already are refusing delivery unless accompanied by naval ship(s).
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