U.S. Calls Off â€˜Suicide Missionâ€™ to Rescue Pirate Hostages
On April 17th, I received an e-mail from someone I had never met. The message:Â â€Keep an eye out on the news for the next week. Rumor has it the GSG 9 der Bundespolizei may make a move on the German freighter Hansa Stavanger (held by Somali pirates).â€ So I kept my eye out. But nothing happened.
Today, I read at the U.S. Naval Institute Blog that there was a rescue mission all ready to go.
â€œOver 200 members of GSG-9, German law enforcementâ€™s most elite hostage rescue and counter-terrorism team,â€ were going to participate. The goal:Â â€œretake the German freighter Hansa Stavanger and free the 24 crew members seized by Somali pirates in early April.â€
But when â€œthe United States was asked by its close NATO ally to assist with logistics for the German assault force,â€ National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones nixed the operation. After he reviewing the plans, however, he deemed it a possible â€œsuicide missionâ€ and â€œbloodbath.â€ German officials â€œalso noted that the pirates seemed well prepared to repel any attack.â€ So the operation was scuttled. And I wait for my next tip
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