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MMNETSEA 09-16-2008 07:38 AM

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UPDATE

the BBC now confirms the news :-

The French army has freed two sailors seized by pirates off the Somali coast, the French presidency says.



One pirate was killed in the operation and another six captured, it says.

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The two were seized in a sailing boat in the Gulf of Aden earlier this month by pirates who reportedly demanded a ransom of some $1.4m.

A French government statement said that President Nicolas Sarkozy had given the go-ahead for the operation late on Monday.

"The two French nationals are safe and sound," the statement said.

Warships from France and other nations have been patrolling the Somali coast to protect ships carrying aid to the country, where up to a third of the population needs food aid.

France has a military base in neighbouring Djibouti.

Great News ! Vive La France !!! More of the same please !!

MMNETSEA 09-16-2008 09:10 AM

More Details from AP:

MORE DETAILS

MMNETSEA 09-16-2008 09:59 AM

Northern Somalis of Puntland welcome the French operation to free the Cruising couple and ask for others to take similar action to quell the criminal pirates.

[url="https://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=87&art_id=nw2008091609 3133830C660891"]Praise for the French Action[/url

More from the French President;-

Involve others

gslabbert5119 09-16-2008 11:57 AM

[QUOTE=MMNETSEA;25560]UPDATE

the BBC now confirms the news :-

The French army has freed two sailors seized by pirates off the Somali coast, the French presidency says.



One pirate was killed in the operation and another six captured, it says.

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Absolutely outstanding, unfortunately not enough pirates were killed for this to be a deterrent. Live by the sword, die by the sword, this is the only justice that these pirates understand, the western type justice system is just meaningless to them.

I believe that the EU, and the USA (and other countries) should dispatch warships and simply blow the pirates out of the water, sink them and leave them to drown. Sorry no sympathy here.

MMNETSEA 09-16-2008 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by gslabbert5119 (Post 25568)
Absolutely outstanding, unfortunately not enough pirates were killed for this to be a deterrent. Live by the sword, die by the sword, this is the only justice that these pirates understand, the western type justice system is just meaningless to them.

I believe that the EU, and the USA (and other countries) should dispatch warships and simply blow the pirates out of the water, sink them and leave them to drown. Sorry no sympathy here.

Daily Telegraph - UK gives

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European Union Acts - Telegraph reports

Hunting Mission Approved

Nausikaa 09-16-2008 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by MMNETSEA (Post 25570)
European Union Acts - Telegraph reports

They should have done so two years ago. 'Better late than never', some might say but that does not help those who have already experienced the trauma of bmeeting the pirates.

Aye // Stephen

islandseeker 09-17-2008 07:52 PM

More help will soon be on it's way, I just posted a few links on the "Regional Discussion Topics" under" What's up in the Gulf of Aden these days?". They concern other governments who are getting ready to try and put a stop to these thugs!


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