"While piracy remains a significant problem for merchantmen, most attacks are concentrated off Nigeria and the Straits of Malacca. While the northern Persian Gulf has a significant presence of coalition warships searching for terrorists, pirates have boarded and attacked the crew of the 5-year-old, 301,000-ton Very Large Crude Carrier tanker Nord Millennium outside Basra Terminal, Iraq's largest export terminal in the Persian Gulf. On Monday, three robbers armed with AK-47 rifles boarded the Cypriot-flagged ship in the anchorage outside the Basra Terminal and beat the ship's master after breaking into the ship's control room. After stealing about $42,000 the pirates escaped in a waiting speedboat."
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Bold Sea Robbers
According to UPI Intelligence Watch:
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