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U.S. Arrests 9 Somali Pirates

Take that, Somali pirates! 24 U.S. Marines, along with help of the Navy and a Turkish frigate, took over a hijacked ship in the Gulf of Aden Thursday, arresting nine pirates and freeing the vessel—the first hijacked ship in the gulf to be rescued by U.S. troops. The region (south of Yemen and north of Somalia), however, remains rife with piracy. In fact, more than 30 ships have been hijacked so far in 2010, despite a huge international presence in the area. As Sinan Ertugrul of the Turkish navy told The New York Times, “This regional problem, truly, has global impact, and we are completely committed to bringing the disruptive acts of piracy to an end. We have full support of the international community and will continue to do everything possible to bring security to the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.” It remains to be seen what will happen to the captured pirates.