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Dutch frigate head to Somalia coast

Hague (Netherland), April 01: The Dutch Parliament has approved the deployment of the Dutch naval frigate Evertsen to the waters off the coast of Somalia.   The vessel, which will remain in the region for three months, will protect ships carrying United Nations food supplies. The ships are often plundered by pirates. As a result of the...

Somalia: AU Peacekeepers opts for more troops

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 31: African Union peacekeepers in Somalia say the year-old mission needs at least 20,000 troops to stabilized the war-ravaged country, 12,000 more than the mission's original mandate. The officials there believe as many as 10,000 troops may be needed just to secure the capital.   Ugandan army Major Barigye Ba-Hoku,...

Somalia: US Military Aircraft spilts in South Mogadishu

Somalia, March 28: Somali officials say a U.S. military aircraft has crashed in a coastal area south of the capital, Mogadishu.   Local government officials say the unmanned plane crashed Friday in the Lower Shabelle region, near the town of Marka. Witnesses say the aircraft came from the direction of the ocean. Security forces have taken...

US Ship keep eye on Somali pirates

Persian Gulf, March 28: From a computer screen on this amphibious assault ship, U.S. sailors kept close watch on a 6-week-old drama more than 2,500 miles away involving pirates from Somalia and a Danish merchant vessel.   A second American warship was off the coast of Somalia near the captive vessel, a 115-foot tugboat called the Svitzer...