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#1 so Chinese spec ops are now hitting Somalia too? it's getting to be a free-for-all for global rescue teams. it's nice that they succeeded, but I suspect that the pirates will become a lot more jumpy, and much more inclined to shoot hostages at the first hint of trouble.
Posted by Raider 2012-07-19 15:17||
#2 Chinese operatives trained long and hard to figure out how to hand over bundles of ransom money without provoking the Somali pirates. To a man, they deserve chestfuls of medals for this intrepid exploit. What I'd like to know is how much cash actually made it to the pirates.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-07-19 15:30||
#3 Mr Fei - if you are saying that Chinese agents actually got the money to Somalia through a combination of land and sea routes - then I would have to agree with you. That's quite an accomplishment. :-) Bitish security firms usually air drop the money. The interesting thing is that your comment is implying that a ransom was paid, rather than this being a full military rescue mission. The original story did not makew that clear.
Anyway, I am glad that the hostages made it out of Somalia. Lately the pirates have been getting more nasty with how they are treating their hostages, and a growing number of captives are dying before getting released.
Posted by Raider 2012-07-19 19:30||