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S. Korea navy 'kills Somali pirates, saves crew'
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Posted on 01/21/2011 6:03:20 AM PST by nuconvert

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean navy commandos Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said.

The SEAL special forces boarded the South Korean ship before dawn, freeing all the hostages and killing the pirates in cabin-to-cabin battles, they said. Five other pirates were captured.

"This operation demonstrated our government's strong will that we won't tolerate illegal activities by pirates any more," Lieutenant-General Lee Sung-Ho of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a news briefing.

The South Korean skipper of the chemical freighter suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach during the raid but his condition is not life-threatening, the military said. No commandos were hurt.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: maritime; pirates; skorea; somalipirates
Can any country use the title SEAL for their special forces?
1 posted on 01/21/2011 6:03:22 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean navy commandos Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said.

The SEAL special forces boarded the South Korean ship before dawn, freeing all the hostages and killing the pirates in cabin-to-cabin battles, they said. Five other pirates were captured.

The only thing that can make this story better is if it continued with: "The captured pirates were summarily executed, bringing the total number of dead pirates to 13."

2 posted on 01/21/2011 6:07:49 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: Haiku Guy

How uncivil.


3 posted on 01/21/2011 6:09:42 AM PST by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: nuconvert
SEAL is not an exclusive term.
Ever heard of Korean Marines?

4 posted on 01/21/2011 6:10:47 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nuconvert

ROK On!


5 posted on 01/21/2011 6:11:12 AM PST by Lysandru
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To: nuconvert

Way to go, South Korea.
Not to criticize, but it would have been better if all of the pirates were dead.


6 posted on 01/21/2011 6:13:56 AM PST by BuffaloJack (What rights will the Obama's regime take from us today?)
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To: nuconvert

Has any ever watched the South Korean series IRIS? awesome show. I was reminded of that show when reading this article.


7 posted on 01/21/2011 6:15:11 AM PST by Tempest (I put money ahead of people)
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To: nuconvert
"Can any country use the title SEAL for their special forces?"

"SEAL" is simply an acronym for "Sea, Air, Land" special forces. In as much as the ROKs generally try to mirror US forces in organization, equipment and training, I don't think their use of the term is inappropriate. There are ROK Ranger, too, BTW, although where our Army only has one Ranger School, each ROK infantry division runs its own.

8 posted on 01/21/2011 6:16:17 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nuconvert

From what I have heard, the nastiest bunch to cross are Korean military. The Somalis should have asked to be turned over to the Russians.


9 posted on 01/21/2011 6:16:35 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: nuconvert

Sounds like they did an excellent job.


10 posted on 01/21/2011 6:16:35 AM PST by yarddog
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To: nuconvert

Well I’m glad that it wasn’t the Israeli special forces. Otherwise the media would come out on the side of the poor victimized pirates.


11 posted on 01/21/2011 6:16:42 AM PST by Tempest (I put money ahead of people)
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To: nuconvert

LOL. Praise their work not the childish use of a name.


12 posted on 01/21/2011 6:17:59 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: nuconvert

Thank you, ROK SEALs, for exemplifying to the world the proper treatment of pirates.


13 posted on 01/21/2011 6:19:54 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Damn straight! It is about time somebody on our side took those rat ba$yards out!!!

MFO


14 posted on 01/21/2011 6:20:13 AM PST by Man from Oz
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To: nuconvert

The Koreans don’t have to be “encouraged” to get out of the helicopter. They go willingly.


15 posted on 01/21/2011 6:20:30 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: nuconvert

Why did they bother to capture the five? I hope they at least parade them on TV and send videos to Somalia. Better would be a raid followup destruction of the pirate ports.


16 posted on 01/21/2011 6:20:45 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: org.whodat
not the childish use of a name.

One of the most decidedly un-healthy things you could ever do is tell a member of the ROK military that they're 'childishly' using that designation. I assure you that you would experience the ass-kicking of a lifetime.

L

17 posted on 01/21/2011 6:21:12 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Tempest

Well, it was South Korean. I don’t quite expect the media to be all that supportive of them either :p


18 posted on 01/21/2011 6:21:37 AM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Haiku Guy

I prefer the Russian Human Rights tactic of releasing the captured pirates.


19 posted on 01/21/2011 6:21:50 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: nuconvert
President Lee Myung-Bak, who authorised the operation, said the military carried out the raid perfectly under difficult circumstances.

"We will not tolerate any activities that threaten the safety and lives of our people," he said.

Must be nice to have a President who is a patriot ...

20 posted on 01/21/2011 6:22:45 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Lurker

The term childish was to the poster thinking the word seal was some great internationally protected word. I would bet the first korean seals were trained in the good old USA.


21 posted on 01/21/2011 6:24:46 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Lysandru

The ROKS were the most feared in Vietnam. Even our guys were uneasy around them.


22 posted on 01/21/2011 6:36:24 AM PST by mountainlion (The government is not my god no matter how much they preach.)
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To: nuconvert

They should have fed the 5 pirates they captured to the sharks and sending the video to Al Jareera.


23 posted on 01/21/2011 6:37:21 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: DaxtonBrown
From what I have heard, the nastiest bunch to cross are Korean military. The Somalis should have asked to be turned over to the Russians.

Every Korean soldier is given extensive training in Taekwondo. Its really then just a question of how much they practice and how much pain they want to endure to become really good. The Korean SEALS are no doubt expert in it.

24 posted on 01/21/2011 6:39:33 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Haiku Guy

It’s about time somebody had some guts. Our military could do that too, if we didn’t have such spineless politician’s.


25 posted on 01/21/2011 6:39:36 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Haiku Guy

In the movie “The Expendables” (fantastic!), they really should’ve let Dolph Lungren hang the pirate.

Man, he was great in that movie.


26 posted on 01/21/2011 6:40:38 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: oh8eleven

Or the British Marines, who predate all others.


27 posted on 01/21/2011 6:41:22 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: BuffaloJack
Not to criticize, but it would have been better if all of the pirates were dead.

Alternatively, kill all but one, who is maimed, send him back so he can tell his pals what happened.
28 posted on 01/21/2011 6:41:38 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Haiku Guy

ROK (SK) commandos and SK rock.


29 posted on 01/21/2011 6:44:55 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: nuconvert

Does South Korea have a whining, pantywaiste media that will question the severity of it all?


30 posted on 01/21/2011 6:46:10 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (..)
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To: Haiku Guy

I think the five captured should be sent to some reducation camps, in SK and be severely talked to, wink, wink, nudge, nudge......


31 posted on 01/21/2011 6:46:21 AM PST by sniper63 (Did you plug the hole in the border yet daddy........)
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To: ArrogantBustard

The media enables this too including all of TV.


32 posted on 01/21/2011 6:48:03 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: nuconvert

As long as they can board a ship at sea, kill every single pirate, save every single hostage,,, they can call themselves any name they like. Go ROK


33 posted on 01/21/2011 6:49:34 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Dr. Sivana
Alternatively, kill all but one, who is maimed, send him back so he can tell his pals what happened.

Make him watch his cohorts being fed to pigs first.

34 posted on 01/21/2011 6:52:58 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 730 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: org.whodat
"Childish"?
35 posted on 01/21/2011 6:53:53 AM PST by wideawake
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To: arthurus

I prefer the Russian Human Rights tactic of releasing the captured pirates.

The Russians have two variations on that theme:

1. Release in unpowered boat at 360 NM

2. Heavy weapons fire.


36 posted on 01/21/2011 6:54:44 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, I know it’s an acronym. I guess it just took me a bit by surprise.
Thanks


37 posted on 01/21/2011 6:55:53 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: DesertRhino
What the ship owners need to do is put a convenience store on every ship. All staffed by Koreans...... (works in California)
38 posted on 01/21/2011 6:57:05 AM PST by investigateworld (Buy Ammo!)
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To: mountainlion
The ROKS were the most feared in Vietnam. Even our guys were uneasy around them.

A lot of those guys lost parents and siblings to the Communists in the Korean War.

As a result, many of them took the opportunity to fight Communists in Vietnam extremely personally. They weren't there just to win, they were there to exact revenge for their loved ones.

39 posted on 01/21/2011 6:57:54 AM PST by wideawake
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To: nuconvert

Way to go, South Korea!

The world needs more pirate beat-downs, and less pirates.


40 posted on 01/21/2011 7:04:34 AM PST by KJC1
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To: SJSAMPLE

The ancient Athenians had marines on their boats. Probably some even earlier than them had marines.


41 posted on 01/21/2011 7:06:54 AM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Good point.


42 posted on 01/21/2011 7:08:21 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: MsLady
"It’s about time somebody had some guts."

The South Koreans are on to something. They could do this for other countries.....for a price.

43 posted on 01/21/2011 7:13:20 AM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: AGreatPer

It would be great if a coalition could be formed and then send them on the offensive against the pirates.


44 posted on 01/21/2011 7:56:43 AM PST by freebird5850 (Nobody makes being dead more fun than Barack 0bama!)
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To: mountainlion
“The ROKS were the most feared in Vietnam. Even our guys were uneasy around them.”

Really? No argument that White Horse was the safest area (ROK controlled) in Nam - but allied troops "uneasy"? Not my experience. Nam - 66 - 70.

45 posted on 01/21/2011 8:13:39 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: DaxtonBrown

Should of read on “In one of the most controversial rescues, Russian marines freed 23 crew barricaded on board a Russian tanker, the Moscow University. The pirates were later found dead and adrift in a small boat.”


46 posted on 01/21/2011 8:58:27 AM PST by the_daug
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