This is the first time the European-led naval expedition, Operation Atalanta, has attacked a pirate base on Somali territory.
The Seychelles convicted 11 Somali pirates Monday and joined other small Indian Ocean countries in asking the European Union to fund a regional naval force to combat piracy. Is this emerging as an African solution?
The self-declared republic of Somaliland voted this past weekend for a new president. Somaliland is the one corner of Somalia that functions, but the international community refuses recognize it as a nation-state. Is the West scuppering its best chance for democracy in the region?
The Yemeni Coast Guard comprises 57 sea vessels and 1,200 sailors who are tasked with combating threats from Somali pirates, traffickers, and terrorist attacks. Miles of coastline remain unprotected.
A Russian warship rescued 23 Russian sailors at dawn today. The men were taken hostage Wednesday when their oil tanker was hijacked by Somali pirates.
Militants from the Hizbul Islam group – a hard-line rival to Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militia – have seized the main port used by Somali pirates. What will happen to the more than 300 foreign hostages held for ransom by the pirates?
Somali pirates have been attacking farther out into the Indian Ocean for months, but many ships – such as the South Korean supertanker nabbed this weekend – still do not travel with a private security detail. Why not?
As the high season of piracy begins, Somali pirates started to attack the HNLMS Tromp, a Dutch warship. European Naval forces are having good success with a more aggressive anti-piracy strategy.
When it comes to taking on Somali pirates, France is emerging as the most effective naval force. French officials announced Sunday that the French frigate Nivose had captured 35 suspected Somali pirates and four mother ships since Friday.
Pirates are now holding more than 10 ships and 200 crew members of different nationalities, according to maritime officials.
Somalia is set to get 100 EU forces to help train the fledgling UN-backed government counter insurgents. On Tuesday, Islamist militants stoned a woman to death for adultery.
The Maersk Alabama, the same US ship attacked by Somali pirates last April, was hit again today. But hired guards repelled the attack.