EU airstrikes on Somali pirate targets
May 15th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

EU airstrikes on Somali pirate targets

European Union naval forces on Tuesday struck Somali pirate targets on the coast of the country in the first raids by the European force on the Somali mainland.

"We believe this action by the EU Naval Force will further increase the pressure on, and disrupt pirates' efforts to get out to sea to attack merchant shipping and dhows," Rear Adm. Duncan Potts, operational commander of the force, said in a statement.

Several pirate attack skiffs, the small boats pirates use to attack merchant vessels in the open ocean, were destroyed in the raid, said Timo Lange, media officer at the naval force's headquarters in England.

No Somalis were injured in the raid, which was conducted entirely by air, the force's statement said.

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  1. Tatjana

    The real story is not that American's have become viimcts of this problem, it is that the problem has been allowed to continue this long. Over 800 people are being held at this time, and the people that have been touched is global. They are causing a pullback of aid to the countries in that area the world and, they are causing significant costs to the transport of goods and services around the globe. Not to mention the cost of keeping the almost ineffective naval protection force at sea. The UN needs to be allowed to set up a court and holding facility for the captured pirates. They need to feel the consequences of their actions and be given the a chance at rehabilitation and training. The prosecution and holding of these people would give the world a chance to help the region become stable again. The potential for significant environmental catastrophe and continued downward spiral is a global problem. The United States should work with the UN and the EU to bring this whole mess to a controlled end. This is what the US Coast Guard and the US Navy were created for. The defense of our county and our maritime interests.The longer this goes on the more expensive in lives and treasure it will be to get under control. Off the box now.

    August 3, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
  2. Dr. Bombay

    BOOM takalakalaka BOOM takalaka

    May 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  3. Jeffrocious

    I'm actually OK with the Europeans doing this, and do not mock them for not killing people. Take away their tools and weapons and they become weak and powerless. Keep it up EU!

    May 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Catamount

      George is correct, Jeffrocious is wrong. @Jeff, that's the whole point. When you shoot boats, you've stopped nothing. There are plenty more boats where those came from. The pirates will steal them from the fishermen. The Europeans have not "Taken away [the pirates] tools and weapons." Dead pirates end piracy. Shooting their boats is an unequivocal show of weakness and lack of resolution. Typically European.

      May 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        Do you expect anything less from the Europeans? They're military follows a more "politically correct" agenda than does the US. This is generally a less effective way of doing things; however, they are more globally liked/accepted.
        If this were a US operation, it's likely we would have annihilated the region with drone strikes targeting the pirates themselves. It would have been a more effective plan to eliminate piracy, but it also would have caused a storm of criticism. .. to continue on from catamount's senario – this plan also would have left the pirates boats to be stolen back by the fishermen.

        May 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  4. George

    Typical Europeans, shooting boats, not people.

    Boats don't conduct piracy: People do.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply

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