EU naval forces have conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the Somali mainland, saying they have destroyed several boats.
The EU forces were transported by helicopter to the pirate bases near the port of Haradhere.
Anti-piracy forces have been reluctant to attack mainland bases, fearing for the crew of captured ships.
Somalia-based pirates have seized vessels across the Indian Ocean and demand huge ransoms for their release.
They are believed to be holding about 17 ships and 300 crew.
Just the other day, I was commenting at Information Dissemination regarding our (the US) rather ineffective approach to anti-piracy operations:
Again, we don’t have a piracy problem. We have an ROE problem. We’ve lawyered ourselves into a position where taking any actions that include the use of force can be painted as a war crime by our own domestic political factions, or by non-friendly foreign powers.
I had a follow up comment responding to replies:
I’m aware of that. But playing whack a mole with the odd skiff here and there is insufficient to end the scourge of piracy. A punitive expedition that sank every skiff along a hundred miles of coast line would have a more permanent effect. But we won’t do that.
Seems I was a bit hasty. We won’t do it. But it appears the EU will…
I speak and the EU listens! Hey, let’s talk fiscal policy…