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Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates (Breaking on FoxNews.com)
FOXnews.com ^ | February 22, 2011 | Fox News Staff

Posted on 02/22/2011 7:36:09 AM PST by NCDragon

DEVELOPING STORY: Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed. U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds. “We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander in a news release. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained, along with two pirates already in custody. U.S. forces also found the remains of two other pirates already dead aboard the vessel and believe a total of 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking. The yacht Quest was hijacked on Friday off the coast of Oman and U.S. forces had been closely monitoring the vessel.

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Breaking on FOX, more to follow as they learn more. This is horrible!
1 posted on 02/22/2011 7:36:12 AM PST by NCDragon
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To: NCDragon

What in the hell were those four doing in that area anyway?
You go play in deaths backyard, you take your chances......


2 posted on 02/22/2011 7:38:49 AM PST by 9422WMR (Illegal is not a race.)
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To: NCDragon
US forces then sank the yacht and strafed the water -- didn't they?

Didn't they???

3 posted on 02/22/2011 7:39:24 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: 9422WMR

I was thinking of taking my granddaughters on a camping trip near the Mexican border.

What could go wrong?


4 posted on 02/22/2011 7:40:17 AM PST by digger48
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To: NCDragon

DROP MOABS ON EVERY ONE IN SOMAILI.


5 posted on 02/22/2011 7:40:34 AM PST by troy McClure
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To: NCDragon

DROP MOABS ON EVERY ONE IN SOMAILI.


6 posted on 02/22/2011 7:40:46 AM PST by troy McClure
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To: NCDragon
Two of the vermin killed, 13 detained.... I have no words...

Mike

7 posted on 02/22/2011 7:41:23 AM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: NCDragon

Terrible to hear.


8 posted on 02/22/2011 7:41:23 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: NCDragon

Pick four random ships in their harbor and reduce them to flinders at high noon, no warning, no comment, no apology.


9 posted on 02/22/2011 7:41:40 AM PST by DBrow
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To: NCDragon

Beyond horrible, it was inevitable. That’s why “to the shores of Tripoli” is in the Marine anthem. They will have to start killing them all.


10 posted on 02/22/2011 7:41:48 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: digger48

“I was thinking of taking my granddaughters on a camping trip near the Mexican border. What could go wrong?”

Or send then to Aruba for fun and frolicking!
They might meet a nice boy?!?!?!


11 posted on 02/22/2011 7:42:53 AM PST by 9422WMR (Illegal is not a race.)
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To: 9422WMR

Missionaries go to a lot of dangerous places.


12 posted on 02/22/2011 7:43:38 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: NCDragon

Powder..patch..ball FIRE!

They were christian missionaries—the muzzies probably found their bibles or they attempted to witness to them.

OR

The muzzies attempted rape and were rebuked—


13 posted on 02/22/2011 7:45:00 AM PST by BallandPowder
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To: NCDragon

13 “detained”...To be brought back here for miilion dollar civilian trials with high-priced defense attorneys, and then to be placed in the US prison system at a taxpayer cost of $40-50K a year each.

We have lost our minds. Our country is being run by lunatics.


14 posted on 02/22/2011 7:45:26 AM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: MichaelP

Why were all of the pirates not killed ? What will they do with them now-bring them all to NY and try them,put them in a cushy jail cell? Maybe invite them to the WH to discuss their futures? This goes beyond the pale..


15 posted on 02/22/2011 7:45:38 AM PST by Disgusted in Texas
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To: troy McClure

Sounds good to me!


16 posted on 02/22/2011 7:46:51 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: troy McClure

I am one of the few on this board that have been to Somalia (Naval service in the early 80s) but I join with those that say Somalia can burn.


17 posted on 02/22/2011 7:47:14 AM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: 9422WMR

They were actually out in the Indian Ocean - these pirates range as far as 600 miles away from their nests.

But it doesn’t matter why the sailors were there. We cannot simply declare a part of the sea to be off-limits to all except Muslim pirates. Piracy can paralyze trade and entire economies, even if you don’t care about the human cost.

Also, the message must go out: mess with US citizens, get dead. But that’s not going to happen with this president. Somebody on another thread suggested putting out a false rumor that these people were SEIU members - that might have gotten his attention.


18 posted on 02/22/2011 7:47:48 AM PST by livius
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To: DBrow
Pick four random ships in their harbor and reduce them to flinders at high noon, no warning, no comment, no apology.

You are remembering Reagan and W, the great Osama will never do anything like that to fellow Muslims. (and incidentally Regan and W would pick the four biggest ships that were not hostaged and a few mansions on shore).

19 posted on 02/22/2011 7:48:16 AM PST by ProudFossil
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To: 9422WMR

If we start treating the open sea like some pirate’s personal fiefdom and condemning Americans who sail the open sea as being stupid and wrong, think of what freedoms we give up

Where next to tell American sailors to avoid? Coasts of Central and South America? Coast of Asia? Java Sea? Carribbean?


20 posted on 02/22/2011 7:48:28 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: denydenydeny
13 “detained”...To be brought back here for miilion dollar civilian trials with high-priced defense attorneys, and then to be placed in the US prison system at a taxpayer cost of $40-50K a year each.

We have lost our minds. Our country is being run by lunatics.

If they're convicted, they'll find life in a federal prison to be far better than Somalia.

21 posted on 02/22/2011 7:48:50 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: DBrow

Surely you know that C-in-C Maobama would never permit such a thing. He is probably working right now on his apology to the Somali innocents.


22 posted on 02/22/2011 7:49:02 AM PST by RushLake (Liberalism/Progressivism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: DBrow

Why stop with the ships?


23 posted on 02/22/2011 7:49:44 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: 9422WMR
What in the hell were those four doing in that area anyway?
You go play in deaths backyard, you take your chances......

Distributing Bibles.

It's difficult imagining anything more dangerous in an islamist country/area.

24 posted on 02/22/2011 7:50:46 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 763 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: troy McClure
DROP MOABS ON EVERY ONE IN SOMAILI

Yep, if the Jeeps don't get them, the mountain bikes will.


25 posted on 02/22/2011 7:50:58 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: NCDragon

You know, sometimes I’m tempted to think that we would be doing the world a favour if we just glassed the entirety of Somalia with large-warhead nukes, and were done with it.


26 posted on 02/22/2011 7:51:45 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: Disgusted in Texas

We should be so lucky. We’ll probably just let them all go with a slap on the wrist. UN rules, donchaknow.


27 posted on 02/22/2011 7:52:03 AM PST by battletank
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To: NCDragon
The world needs the fear of God again when coming against the U.S. Turn these so called pirates into shark food.
Patrol the waters with ships and let them hunt. Stop all foreign aid. Tell the rest of the world, “screw you.” It's time for America to stand up and protect the American way of life.Photobucket
28 posted on 02/22/2011 7:52:15 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: NCDragon

Color me skeptical and cynical, but I’m guessing that nobody will ever be told the exact circumstances of this incident for years — if at all.


29 posted on 02/22/2011 7:53:59 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: NCDragon

Our enemies do not fear us.

ALLEN WEST 2012


30 posted on 02/22/2011 7:54:14 AM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: NCDragon

Not really a big surprise is it?

*sigh*

Shouldn’t be vacationing in a place like that anyways


31 posted on 02/22/2011 7:54:18 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: digger48

You know the answer to that.


32 posted on 02/22/2011 7:54:25 AM PST by boomop1
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To: 9422WMR

“What in the hell were those four doing in that area anyway?
You go play in deaths backyard, you take your chances......”

I too do not honestly understand their lack of common sense (brains).

They are like those who continue to travel to Mexico in spite of all the warnings…Or: “No, don’t put you hand on that hot stove” and they do it anyway.

One article I read is that they were distributing Bibles or something religious.

Distributing religious things does not immune anybody from anything...only good sense saves lives.


33 posted on 02/22/2011 7:54:31 AM PST by Gat˙n(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: ozark hilljilly
Missionaries go to a lot of dangerous places.

Right. That was something that needed to be said.

34 posted on 02/22/2011 7:55:03 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern, you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: 9422WMR
I'm hoping my Seahawks play the Raiders in Oakland this coming season. My plan is to score some tickets right in the middle of the "Black Hole", where along with my wife and kids, I can enjoy the game while wearing our Seahawk jerseys. Photobucket
35 posted on 02/22/2011 7:55:03 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Fiji Hill

That’s right.....kidnapping for these scumbags is a win/win.


36 posted on 02/22/2011 7:55:18 AM PST by liberalh8ter
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To: Shane

“Why stop with the ships?”

Sometimes you show more power through restraint.


37 posted on 02/22/2011 7:55:42 AM PST by DBrow
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To: MichaelP

4 Americans murdered and now we have 13 animals that will be given rights of the dead Americans.
Disgusting


38 posted on 02/22/2011 7:56:23 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: ClearCase_guy
US forces then sank the yacht and strafed the water -- didn't they?

Didn't they???

Nope, per Fox they boarded and recaptured the yacht. The Somalis shot the hated evangelical hostages.

In many jurisdictions anyone involved in a criminal activity that results in a death is just as guilty of murder as the trigger man.

39 posted on 02/22/2011 7:56:27 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 763 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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obama will be issuing an apology to the somali pirates for getting blood on their dirty nightshirts...then offer financial aid if they promise not to do it again....


40 posted on 02/22/2011 7:57:24 AM PST by raygunfan
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To: null and void

They were part of a sailing race and had decided to make a side trip through the Indian Ocean. They sailed a lot and had sailed round the world a couple of times before that.

The couple always brought Bibles with them, not for distribution to the Islamic world, but to give to poor churches that they encountered when they stopped at port. They had been doing this for several years; it was a sailboat, so they probably didn’t have thousands of Bibles with them, but just a small number to distribute to these churches which are often too poor to buy their own for their congregations.

The Muslims captured them out on the seas and had no idea what they were doing. It just looked like an opportunity to make money. And now that they know we’re so weak, an American flag sure wouldn’t discourage them.


41 posted on 02/22/2011 7:57:54 AM PST by livius
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To: NCDragon
Don't worry - at this very moment, Barack Obama is preparing a strongly worded statement condemning the actions of the pirates. That'll show them they can't mess with us!
42 posted on 02/22/2011 7:59:01 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: NCDragon

You need a larger boat so you can carry larger guns.


43 posted on 02/22/2011 7:59:16 AM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: denydenydeny

Lunatics. I think you have it. That explains what is going on in Washington.


44 posted on 02/22/2011 7:59:38 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: silverleaf

How is this any different than allowing the TSA to grope your privates as a condition of being allowed to travel on an airplane? Better still, how the Feds are posting large parts of AZ as “off limits” due to drug traffic? I know, let’s just capitulate any time someone decides to take a piece of us. It’s safer don’t you know!


45 posted on 02/22/2011 7:59:44 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: NCDragon

Well it was a good thing a warship was shadowing them. Imagine what would have happened if it wasn’t. /s


46 posted on 02/22/2011 8:00:35 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: NCDragon

Additional comments here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677894/posts


47 posted on 02/22/2011 8:00:53 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NCDragon
In this war Islam is pursuing against the West......

What Would Gen. Curtis LeMay Do?

48 posted on 02/22/2011 8:00:53 AM PST by gitmogrunt (Geer Wilders has the plan.)
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To: Gat├║n(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Ah, blame the victim.

You’re missing the principle here. Why should ANY area of the seas be allowed to become a no-go zone because of Islamic pirates?

Jefferson had to deal with that over 200 years ago. The US was paying a fortune in ransom and travel in the Mediterranean was virtually paralyzed. Hence, the birth of the US Marines.

We can’t let this happen again. They have hundreds of people and dozens of ships in captivity. The average ransom is something like $9,000,000 for a tanker ship.


49 posted on 02/22/2011 8:01:02 AM PST by livius
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To: null and void

Why didn’t they board with guns blazing BEFORE the hostages were shot? At least then the folks may have had a chance. The warships trailed them a long time. And where were the Navy Seals? No, I will not blame the victims. This is an act of war by Somalia.


50 posted on 02/22/2011 8:01:02 AM PST by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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