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    About time this sort of stuff happened. I dont see why our own forces arnt used to free those two hostages.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8500611.stm

    (Original post by The Beeb)
    Danish special forces have stormed a ship captured by Somali pirates and freed 25 crew members, an EU naval spokesman said in Nairobi.
    Cdr John Harbour told the Associated Press news agency it was the first time a warship had intervened after pirates boarded a vessel.
    Troops in inflatable dinghies moved in after a distress signal from the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Ariella.
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    boom headshot!

    The US rescue was cooler :p:
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    Our own forces aren't used because the hostages are in Somalia, not on their vessel.

    We would be sending a team into enemy territory with extremely limited intelligence against an unknown force. Of course - the SAS and SBS are bloody good, probably the best SF in the world in combination with the Australian Navy Combat Divers, US Delta and the Russian Spetsnaz - but even they have limits.

    Not to devalue the Danish assault, but it is easier to launch a raid on a ship undetected than it is to infiltrate a compound and successfully exfiltrate with the hostages alive and intact. The Danes had a target of opportunity, and they had a specialised command and assault ship laden with specialists in the area, so they went for it, and good on them.
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    (Original post by Riderz)
    About time this sort of stuff happened. I dont see why our own forces arnt used to free those two hostages.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8500611.stm
    Well played Denmark. Yes I agree, I think whenever it's possible military force should be used. Kill the *******s, if they want to fight in their own country that's their problem but if you're going to attack innocent people in international waters then they should be shown no mercy. I stand by my belief that any person in the act of a crime should forfeit their rights. e.g. burglars suing because they hurt themselves while breaking into a house

    In this case it was only possible because the hostages had locked themselves in a secure room allowing the military to come on board and do some damage!
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    Good for them.
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    Allow pirates; they are cool
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    I thought this would be about copyrighty piracy.
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    (Original post by Aphotic Cosmos)
    Our own forces aren't used because the hostages are in Somalia, not on their vessel.

    We would be sending a team into enemy territory with extremely limited intelligence against an unknown force. Of course - the SAS and SBS are bloody good, probably the best SF in the world in combination with the Australian Navy Combat Divers, US Delta and the Russian Spetsnaz - but even they have limits.

    Not to devalue the Danish assault, but it is easier to launch a raid on a ship undetected than it is to infiltrate a compound and successfully exfiltrate with the hostages alive and intact. The Danes had a target of opportunity, and they had a specialised command and assault ship laden with specialists in the area, so they went for it, and good on them.
    What I came here to say. But put far more eloquently than I could have managed. Props.
 
 
 
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