President Obama wants to get tough on pirates operating off the coast of Africa. Today he praised the work of U.S. Navy SEALs who rescued American Capt. Richard Phillips and killed three pirates.
"I share our nation's admiration for Captain Phillips' courage and leadership and selfless concern for his crew. I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of piracy in that region. And to achieve that goal, we're going to have to continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks. We have to continue to be prepared to confront them when they arise. We have to be sure that those that commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes," Pres. Obama said.
Meantime, pirates in Somalia are vowing revenge for the killings.
Three gunshots, all fatal, led to the successful rescue operation in the waters off Somalia yesterday. Navy SEAL snipers hit three pirates on their lifeboat in near darkness to end a five-day hostage standoff. The pirates had repeatedly threatened to kill their hostage, Capt. Phillips. A fourth pirate, who fled the lifeboat to get medical attention earlier in the day, is now in U.S. custody. The Justice Department is reviewing the case to see if the surviving pirate should face U.S. prosecution.
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The first officer of Capt. Phillips' ship called on U.S. to fight tough against piracy, "America has to be at the forefront of this. It's time for us to step in and end this crisis. It's a crisis. Wake up. This crew is lucky to be out of this with every one of us alive. We're not going to be that lucky again," said Shane Murphy.
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