The Captain of a hijacked American-flagged ship was rescued by a Navy SEAL team and the Hajis are now three less on this planet. Good job Navy! Too bad the coward Obama was unable to give the go ahead sooner. I suppose his relatives are going to be angry with him now.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The American sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates was in “imminent danger” of being killed by his captors before U.S. Special Operations forces fatally shot them, a U.S. military official said.
The hostage, Richard Phillips, was not hurt in the several minutes of gunfire off the Somali coast Sunday. Phillips was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
Three pirates were killed and one surrendered to U.S. forces, said the military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the event publicly.
The Pentagon planned to brief reporters late Sunday afternoon on the dramatic rescue.
“This was an incredible team effort, and I am extremely proud of the tireless efforts of all the men and women who made this rescue possible” Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, said in a statement.
He called Phillips and his crew “heroic.”
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U.S. Navy rescues captain, kills Somali pirates
By Abdi Sheikh and Abdi Guled
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy shot dead three Somali pirates and rescued cargo ship captain Richard Phillips on Sunday from a lifeboat off the coast of Somalia where he was being held captive, ending a five-day standoff.
Phillips’ life was in danger when Navy snipers aboard a nearby U.S. destroyer shot his Somali captors, freeing him unharmed and killing three of the four pirates who had held him after trying to seize his vessel, the Navy said.
The fourth pirate was in custody.
“I can tell you that he is free and that he is safe,” said Navy Lieutenant Commander John Daniels.
A U.S. Navy commander made a split-second decision to fire on the pirates because he believed that Phillips, who tried to escape on Friday, faced imminent danger amid tense hostage talks with his captors and deteriorating sea conditions.
“They were pointing the AK-47s at the captain,” Vice Admiral William Gortney, head of the U.S. Naval Central Command, said in a Pentagon briefing from Bahrain.
“The on-scene commander took it as the captain was in imminent danger and then made that decision (to kill the pirates) and he had the authorities to make that decision and he had seconds to make that decision.” [...]
PIRATES VOW REVENGE
[...] Somali pirates were quick to vow revenge over the shooting of their comrades, as well as a French military assault to rescue a yacht on Friday.
“The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now,” Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone. [...]
MORE VIOLENCE FEARED
[...] “This is a big wake-up to the pirates. It raises the stakes. Now they may be more violent, like the pirates of old,” he said.
So far, pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.
“This could escalate violence in this part of the world — no question about it,” said Gortney. [...]
Listen to the whining at Memeorandum:
First of all, Obama had nothing to do with this situation and refused to make comment of the situation. Then, after the fact, in libtard fashion, after the Commander in the area used what is called, Standing Authority, he takes credit for something that he tried NOT to do. He wanted to "talk" to the terrorists. What a turd coward this Czarbie is. Alas:
Appropriately named Crooks and Liars, aka Dumber and Dumbest: Right-wingers who hit ‘President Pantywaist’ have egg on their faces after U.S. forces killed pirates
Bloomberg: U.S. Military Considers Attacks on Somali Pirates' Land Bases
Obama is still a Pantywaist just like the brits think him to be. And, he always will be.