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September 30, 2008
Modern-day pirate attacks threaten the high seas


AUDIO: Rob Crilly, an independent journalist and a Worldfocus contributing blogger, discusses the situation in Somalia.

CLICK on the image above for a complete interactive map from ICC Commercial Crime Services.

U.S. warships surrounded a pirate ship off the coast of Somalia — a pirate attack hotspot.

With piracy costing the maritime industry over $16 billion each year, efforts to combat pirates have increased.

However, the “Hunt of the Sea Wolves” blog points out that piracy extends far beyond these African hotspots – including recent attacks in Tanzania and India.

The Bali Times reports on the piracy problem in Indonesia, which is second only to Nigeria in number of attacks.

The Global Terrorism Analysis journal examines naval terrorism off the Iraqi and Sri Lankan shores by al-Qaeda and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The “Shipsworld” blog argues that unlike Somalia, India and Brazil have the resources to eliminate piracy.

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