Does anyone remember the Barbary Pirates that our founding fathers fought against following the United States' founding? Well, lo and behold their descendants are still around, Muslim pirates demanding their jiyza (tribute) be paid by non-Muslim countries. This time they attacked, leaving several dead and kidnapping 2 US sailors off the coast of Nigeria.
GCaptain, a Maritime industry website, reports:
A security boat manned with Joint Task Force (JTF) Nigeria personnel was allegedly attacked by militants this morning off Nigeria. According to one of our sources, all JTF personnel were killed and their weapons taken by the militants.
Additional gCaptain sources also indicate that the Edison Chouest-owned, US-flagged platform supply vessel C-Retriever was working in a nearby field off Brass, Nigeria and was also attacked, an incident that our sources indicate was unrelated to the attack on the JTF personnel. Our source notes that the Captain and Chief Engineer, who are both US citizens, were kidnapped. A very close family friend of the Chief Engineer (who identified himself as his brother, but whos name is withheld at his request) confirmed with us that the FBI is working on the case.
In a phone conversation with the friend of the engineer, Edison Chouest explained to them that 90 percent of the kidnap victims were returned to their families in good health and that the kidnappers had not yet contacted the company. Typically, first contact is made within 7 to 10 days, and the final "transaction" where the ransom is paid and person released happens in about a month.
An American defense official and security sources confirmed the attack early Wednesday on the C-Retriever, a 222-foot vessel owned by a U.S. marine transport group. Piracy remains a major problem in the area, and U.S. Navy officials are working to better patrol the region with local authorities.
The White House said on Thursday it is concerned about the rise in piracy off the coast of West Africa, and is seeking more information about reports that pirates have kidnapped two U.S. citizens from an oil supply vessel in the Gulf of Guinea.
Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, an American defense official and security sources said on Thursday.
"We are seeking additional information so that we can contribute to the safe resolution of the situation," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.
"More broadly, we are concerned by the disturbing increase in the incidence of maritime crime, including incidents of piracy off the coast of West Africa, specifically in the Gulf of Guinea," Carney added.
Michael Frodl, of U.S.-based consultancy C-Level Maritime Risks, said "The piracy threat is spreading even further through the waters of West Africa, and the attacks have been mounting, even as global rates of reported piracy are at their lowest since 2006."
In an emailed note on Thursday from CBS News, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has reportedly taken responsibility for the attack and are holding the two Americans captive. As with all Islamists, you can never trust what they say since they engage in the deceptive method of taqiyya. However, we are already aware that Barack Obama is very sympathetic to his Muslim brothers over any American, so we cannot expect him to do what Thomas Jefferson did and write letters of marque and reprisal and send private warships to deal with these savages once and for all, can we? Heck, we don't even have private war ships anymore!