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Summary.     Click for More > Dutch navy captures pirates after attack Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack Ethiopian forces back in Somalia   Ethiopian forces returned to Somalia, some equipped with heavy artillery, seizing control of a Somali border town Fierce battle in Somali capital Somali PM speaks with French hostage Clinton to hold key Somalia talks Somalia hostage tells of escape Al-Qaeda Somalia suspect 'killed'  US forces have 'likely killed' Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al-Qaeda suspect, during a US military raid Pirates attack navy ship 'in error' Couple tell of Somalia kidnapping  Paul Chandler, 59, being held by Somali pirates has spoken to TV from aboard a container ship where they are being held hostage U.S. ship thwarts second pirate attack British hostages say pirates will kill them Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony
Pirates free arms ship US crew seized by Somali pirates  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack Drama as US crew recapture vessel U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates U.S. negotiators try to free captain Captain tried to escape pirates Hostage dies as French attack pirates Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
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  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'.    The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, Amer...
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B. 01-04 Two kidnapped journalists reported freed Somalia
2. 01-09 'Ransom paid' for hijacked supertanker Somalia
3. 01-10 Saudi tanker crew 'safe and well' Somalia
4. 01-13 Pirates release two ships off East Africa Somalia
F. 01-15 'Terror group' joins capital takeover Mogadishu, Somalia
G. 01-24 'Cowardly' suicide bombing kills 15 Mogadishu, Somalia
02-05 Pirates free arms ship Somalia
I. 02-07 New president returns from exile Somalia
9. 02-11 U.S. Navy arrests pirate suspects in Gulf Somalia





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'Ransom paid' for hijacked supertanker Saudi tanker crew 'safe and well' Pirates free arms ship  Pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship MV Faina loaded with weapons have received a ransom and have left the vessel Destroyers set sail on anti-piracy mission Dangers off Somali coast increasing   US crew seized by Somali pirates


January 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jan.4  Two kidnapped journalists reported freed
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Jan.13  Pirates release two ships off East Africa
Jan.15  'Terror group' joins capital takeover
Jan.24  'Cowardly' suicide bombing kills 15


February 2009 ... more > Top ^
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Feb.7  New president returns from exile
Feb.11  U.S. Navy arrests pirate suspects in Gulf
Feb.13  Russian warship apprehends pirates
Feb.22  Peacekeepers attacked
Feb.27  Displaced Somalis return to Mogadishu
Feb.28  President bends to demand for sharia law


March 2009 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2  Navy releases 9 suspected pirates
Mar.5  British cruise ship in 'pirate attack' scare
Mar.12  Japan to fight piracy off Africa
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Mar.21  U.S. Navy releases six suspected pirates


April 2009 ... more > Top ^
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  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack
    Drama as US crew recapture vessel  Pirates hold ship's skipper. The destroyer USS Bainbridge has arrived on the scene where a U.S. freighter was hijacked off the Horn Africa   U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates   Guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge arrived before dawn near a 28-foot lifeboat holding four pirates and the kidnapped captain Apr.9 US to boost Africa pirate forces   U.S. negotiators try to free captain  Negotiators aboard a U.S. Navy warship are trying to secure the release of Richard Phillips who is being held by pirates on a lifeboat Apr.10   Captain tried to escape pirates  Richard Phillips was believed to be trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge. The pirates jumped into the water, recaptured him     Hostage dies as French attack pirates  A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation. Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht More pirates searching for lifeboat Apr.11     Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel  Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew members on board - 10 of them Italians     Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors  Pirates fired on U.S. sailors as they tried to reach the lifeboat where an American captain is being held. Sailors did not return fire  US 'in talks' with pirates Apr.12   Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'
 The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, American cargo-ship, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, was rescued uninjured.
Apr.13  US politician targeted Apr.14 Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail Apr.15  Parliament member killed Apr.18   Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Dutch naval forces captured seven pirates and freed 20 captive fishermen after tracking the pirates to their 'mother ship' in the Gulf of Aden Apr.19  Pirate attack thwarted in Gulf of Aden Apr.22  UN head against new Somalia force Apr.23  PM: Anti-pirate patrols not working Apr.24  $213M pledged to beat Somali pirates Apr.26   Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack  The captain foiled an attack by pirates off the coast of Somalia by ordering his security crew to fire back Apr.28  Russia captures Somalia pirates

May 2009 ... more > Top ^
May.14  U.S., Korean warships stop pirate attack May.15  US alarmed at Eritrea 'arms link' May.17  Militants capture key town May.19   Ethiopian forces back in Somalia
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  Ethiopian forces returned to Somalia, some equipped with heavy artillery, seizing control of a Somali border town
May.22   Fierce battle in Somali capital
Map of Mogadishu Somalia  Pro-government forces have launched a major attack against Islamist militants controlling parts of the capital. At least 36 people were killed May.23  Civilians caught in fighting, dozens dead May.24 Blast kills seven May.26 More Somalis flee heavy fighting in capital

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Jun.6 Pirates release tugboat held 10 months
Jun.18 Security minister killed Jun.22 Kenya rejects call for Somalia military help Jun.28 Somali pirates release Belgian ship, crew

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Jul.12 Fresh fighting erupts
Jul.14 Foreigners seized from Mogadishu hotel Jul.16   Somali PM speaks with French hostage   Interim prime minister said that he has spoken to one of two French hostages seized earlier this week by gunmen who stormed their hotel in M...

August 2009 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1 Global warning as militants flex muscles
Aug.5     Clinton to hold key Somalia talks   US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to hold talks with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Nairobi Aug.10 Pirates free Italian ship after 4 months Aug.14 34 fishermen free months after hijacking Aug.26   Somalia hostage tells of escape  A French security adviser seized by Islamist militants has told how he escaped from his captors without a struggle while they slept

September 2009 ... more > Top ^
Sep.14   Al-Qaeda Somalia suspect 'killed'
  US forces have 'likely killed' Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al-Qaeda suspect, during a US military raid
Sep.20 Islamists 'ban' UN books


October 2009 ... more > Top ^
Oct.2 UN: U.S. delaying millions in aid to Somalia
Oct.3 Aid workers released Oct.7   Pirates attack navy ship 'in error'  The pirates mistook a French ship involved in an anti-piracy operation for a commercial vessel Oct.12 Pirates urge Spain to free pair Oct.25 Somalis 'made to view executions' Oct.29   Couple tell of Somalia kidnapping
  Paul Chandler, 59, being held by Somali pirates has spoken to TV from aboard a container ship where they are being held hostage
Oct.30 Ransom demanded for yacht couple


November 2009 ... more > Top ^
Nov.6 Adulterer stoned to death
Nov.9 Mid-ocean pirate attack on tanker Nov.18   U.S. ship thwarts second pirate attack  Maersk Alabama that played a central role in a bloody hijacking drama last spring was attacked again Nov.20   British hostages say pirates will kill them  A British couple kidnapped from their yacht pleaded for their life in a video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 Friday Nov.25 Two journalists released

December 2009 ... more > Top ^
Dec.3     Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony   A male suicide bomber dressed in women's clothing killed 3 members of interim government and 16 others at a medical school graduation ceremo...