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PIRACY MAERSKMore activity lately among the pirates off the coast of Somalia, and the stories today are about a ship that was taken back by the crew. The ship’s captain offered himself as a hostage and left with the pirates when they abandoned the ship in one of its lifeboats.

The story also says this is the first ship taken in the area that had an American crew. The crew was all taken hostage but managed to subdue one of the pirates. They then negotiated their own release.

Now pirates might have second thoughts when they see a US flag on a ship. Likely too that there will now be more pressure to strengthen the US Naval presence in the area.

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