I don't know if any of you have been keeping up with the pirate stories.

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by av8torntn, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. av8torntn

    av8torntn Well-Known Member

    "Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. "Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died," Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa."

  2. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    Wow....Umm my first reaction before reading the entire article was radiation poisioning......then to find out its an iranian ship
    i dunno it could also be a pretrochemical used to make fertilizer
    one things for sure....I expect the US naval and marine operations to increase in the area of the next month or two to combat these issues since theyve been increasing over the last couple years and drastically in the last couple weeks
  3. Drewed

    The ship is UKRAINIAN flagged and not IRANIAN. This is another case of unsafe arms sales to african nations by a superpower. The ship is carrying Tanks and Weapons from Russia for sale to KENYA. Keeping these small african nations at war is good for the military weapons sales from both the US and Russia.

    This ship has nothing to do with Iran. Stories of people dying and burning and the like are not true and just rumours. The arms may or may not contain levels of delpleted Urainium like US arms, but they would have to be expent to release the radiation.

    U.S. Navy Sends Warship to Keep Watch Over Ukrainian Vessel Seized by Somali Pirates
    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    FILE: T-72 armored tanks maneuver during a military drill. Russia's navy dispatched a warship to Somalia's coast Friday, a day after pirates seized a ship carrying 33 T-72 tanks and ammunition.
    FILE: T-72 armored tanks maneuver during a military drill. Russia's navy dispatched a warship to Somalia's coast Friday, a day after pirates seized a ship carrying 33 T-72 tanks and ammunition.
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.

    The guided missile destroyer USS Howard was stationed off the Somali coast on Sunday, making sure that the pirates did not remove the tanks, ammunition and other heavy weapons from the ship, which was anchored off the coast.

    But the pirate spokesman warned that the pirates would fight to the death if any country tried military action to regain the ship, and a man who said he was the ship's captain reported that one crew member had died.

    Pirates seized the Ukrainian-operated ship Faina off the coast of Somalia on Thursday as it headed to Kenya carrying 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks and a substantial amount of ammunition and spare parts. The ordnance was ordered by the Kenyan government.

    A spokesman for the U.S. 5th fleet said the Navy remained "deeply concerned" over the fate of the ship's 21-member crew and cargo.

    In a rare gesture of cooperation, the Americans appeared to be keeping an eye on the Faina until the Russian missile frigate Neustrashimy, or Intrepid, reaches the area. The Russian ship was still in the Atlantic on Sunday, the Russian navy reported.

    Pirate spokesman Sugule Ali said he was speaking Sunday from the deck of the Faina via a satellite phone — and verified his location by handing the phone over to the ship's captain, who also spoke with the AP. It was not possible to further confirm their identities.

    "We want ransom, nothing else. We need $20 million for the safe release of the ship and the crew," Ali said, adding that "if we are attacked, we will defend ourselves until the last one of us dies."

    Five nations have been sharing information to try to secure the swift release of the ship and its crew — Ukraine, Somalia, Russia, the United States and Britain. Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua, however, insisted his country will not negotiate with pirates or terrorists.

    Ali said planes have been flying over the Faina. It was not known which country the planes belonged to. He also said others who made earlier ransom demands did not speak for the pirates holding the ship.

    A man who said he was the captain of the seized ship and who identified himself as Viktor Nikolsky told the AP that a Russian crew member died Sunday because of hypertension.

    "The rest of us are feeling well," Nikolsky said, adding that he could see three ships about a mile away, including one carrying an American flag.

    Both Ali and Nikolsky spoke on a satellite phone number the AP got from a Somali journalist who spoke to Ali earlier in the day. The conversation lasted about 30 minutes. Ali spoke in Somali with a central Somalian accent and Nikolsky spoke in broken English.

    Russian media had earlier identified Nikolsky as the first mate, yet he identified himself to the AP as the ship's captain. It was not possible to immediately resolve the discrepancy.

    U.S. Navy spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen told AP that the San Diego-based USS Howard had made contact with the Faina on Sunday.

    "While we can't get into details, I will say there has been basic bridge-to-bridge communication established with the ship," Christensen told the AP in a phone interview from the 5th Fleet's Mideast headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.

    Christensen said the Navy was aware of one crew member's death, but did know what the cause was.

    Pirate attacks worldwide have surged this year and Africa remains the world's top piracy hotspot, with 24 reported attacks in Somalia and 18 in Nigeria this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center.(End)
  4. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    Thanks Bob, you gotta love the posters that dont read the original post....