The P-3 orion plane was accompanied by a Boeing 727 and a Hercules helicopter, which carried 90 personnel, including crew, the ministry said in a news release more..http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LK178307.htm
France submits UN draft for anti-piracy action off Somalia
Both France and Spain have promised seafarers that they will step up naval patrols to stamp out piracy of Somalia’s coast, adding their presence to that of the United States, operating out of Djibouti.
This marks an escalation of Euro-American military efforts in the Indian Ocean, ostensibly to protect oil tankers and other craft from piracy, although thus far the only targets have been assorted cargo ships, a French yacht and tuna fishermen.
There may, of course, be a subtext to all of this regarding the desire to control shipping lanes to China from Europe and Black Sea ports.
This will do little for embattled Somalia, which requires land-based reconciliation efforts and the withdrawal of occupying troops. Moreover, until the Ethiopians invaded with U.S. backing in 2006, Somali fishermen and coast-dwellers had been regularly airing criticism of foreign vessels illegally fishing their waters and dumping toxic waste.
German kidnapped in northern Somalia
A German national and his Somali wife were kidnapped by gunmen in the northern Somali breakaway state of Puntland, according to local officials.
Pirates attack second Greek ship near Somalia in five days
Armed pirates have attacked and hijacked another Greek-owned cargo ship in the eastern coast of Somalia, taking all 19 crew members as hostage, an anti-piracy watchdog said Monday. more..http://www.maritime-connector.com/NewsDetails/1759/lang/English/Pirates-attack-second-Greek-ship-near-Somalia-in-five-days.wshtml