May 15, 2012

Somali piracy: EU forces in first mainland raid

About time

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[...]

The EU recently agreed to expand Operation Atalanta to allow forces to attack land targets as well as those at sea, and this is the first time its forces have used the new rules to attack a base on the mainland.

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".

The European naval mission issued a statement saying: "The focused, precise and proportionate action was conducted from the air and all forces returned safely to EU warships on completion".

The below video, dated March 26th, discusses pros and cons of above. Of course, I'm pro but Al Jazeera is con:

The EU recently authorised its ships and helicopters to carry out missions to fight pirates inside Somalia. Can the new, expanded mandate end piracy or make matters worse for the African state? Guests: Yusuf Omar Al-Azhari, Will Geddes, Afyare Elmi.

By Stable Hand at 09:19 AM | Comments |