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calendar   Tuesday - May 15, 2012

Que The Music But Don’t Press Play Yet

EU Forces Attack Somali Pirates On Land

Massive Joint Taskforce Air Raid Destroys Entire Pirate City

No way. Inconceivable!

Alpha Strike Flattens Pirate Lair, Ships And Crews Rescued

Nyet! I find that hard to believe.

Would you believe two Cub Scouts in a rowboat with a BB gun?



One Valkyrie Rides Alone




Sorry to paraphrase a line from Agent 86 there, but come on. Look at the headlines! I had the Wagner all queued up, ready to go. Helicopter assault on pirate stronghold, woo hoo! Finally!

This is why you always have to read past the headlines.


EU carries out first airstrikes against Somali pirate targets

BRUSSELS – The European Union says its naval force off the Somali coastline has carried out its first air strikes against pirate targets on shore.

A spokesman said maritime aircraft and attack helicopters took part in the attacks early Tuesday along the coastline.

Awesome! Fantastic! Let’s go to the video; massive fuel depots burning, ammo stockpiles exploding, whole villages of grass shacks set alight, a line of burning trucks and cars several miles long, ... um, hang on, better read a bit further in the next article.

EU Force Bombs Somali Pirates’ Supplies in First Land Attack
The EU naval force operating off East Africa conducted its first air attack to destroy Somali pirates’ equipment on land, deploying a new tactic to protect the region’s merchant shipping.

There were no Somali casualties as a result of the assault, which took place earlier today, the European Union’s naval mission covering Somalia said on its website in an initial assessment.

Ok, so we’re talking a precision assault. Still, massive damage, fires, explosions, Royal Marines rushing ashore in rubber boats machine guns blazing, ships and crews rescued? Right? Um, no. Keep reading.

Somali piracy: EU forces in first mainland raid

EU naval forces have conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the Somali mainland, saying they have destroyed several boats.

The EU forces were transported by helicopter to the pirate bases near the port of Haradhere.

Anti-piracy forces have been reluctant to attack mainland bases, fearing for the crew of captured ships.
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The attack was carried out overnight and, according to the European forces, no Somalis were hurt during the action.

The multinational forces used helicopters in conjunction with two warships to leave five of the pirates’ fast attack craft “inoperable”.

Ok, a coordinated precision attack then. ‘scuze me, a raid. A pirate den rendered inoperable, all ships sunk, but no civilian casualties at all; no collateral damage. Um, no, dream on.

EU Naval Forces Attack Somali Pirate Bases

In what is seen as a significant change in tactics, a single attack helicopter - the nationality of which is not yet known - launched air strikes against targets on the Somali shore overnight on Tuesday.

No casualties have been reported following the raids, along the country’s central coastline in the region of Galmudug, but boats and equipment belonging to pirates are said to have been destroyed.
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The area hit has a low population but during a reconnaissance mission, a large number of skiffs - dinghies with large outboard motors - were spotted, suggesting the presence of pirates.
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With an annual budget last year of more than 8m euro, the EU-NAVFOR mission is to protect vessels passing through the area, to deter and disrupt pirate operations, and to provide up to date information to ships in the region.
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All EU nations and some non-EU countries contribute to the force either with warships, maritime patrol aircraft or with desk staff.

Their rules of engagement are limited by a UN charter. Although this is sometimes seen as a frustrating tie, the commander believes the operation is working.

“What I am commanding here is a constabulary operation, effectively it is a law enforcement action against a criminal act,” he told Sky News.

So one whirlybird went in after dark and shot a few holes into less than half a dozen fiberglass skiffs, at at least two locations. So we’re talking less than three motorboats per area. No casualties, no arrests, no rescues, no burning supply depots, no nada.

Two Cub Scouts with a BB gun, indeed.


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