Hundreds of miles off the east coast of Africa, U.S. Captain Richard Phillips was still being held on Thursday in a lifeboat by four Somali pirates. FBI hostage negotiators joined the efforts to free the 55-year-old who was taken after pirates boarded his cargo ship delivering food to refugees in east Africa.
The shipping company says that all 20 other crew members are now safe, but the incident is yet another foreign policy headache for President Barack Obama, who declined to comment directly on the issue on Thursday afternoon. Despite growing international patrols, pirate attacks are on the rise this month.
Barry Parker, a writer and a maritime consultant, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pirates’ operation, how best to patrol the ocean off Somalia and whether a show of force would deter pirates.