28
Sep
08

There Be Pirates

There’s also a looming standoff of epic proportions. Follow along, if you will. a short time ago, the Ukrainian vessel MV Faina put to sea, destined for Kenya. Ukrainian Defence Minister Yury Yekhanurov confirmed that 33 Russian T-72 tanks and “a substantial quantity of ammunition” were aboard the MV Faina. And that vessel had to sail near Somalia to reach its destination. Those waters are not exactly known as peaceful.

Sure enough, Somai pirates captured the boat and have it held in the port of Hobyo. A Russian navy vessel has been dispatched to the scene. And now the USS Howard, a destroyer, is nearing the area. The pirates have warned France not to get involved, too. A diplomatic solution does not appear to be possible. Somalia has been without a functioning central government for 17 years and has suffered from continual civil strife.

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