Navy commander says counterterror approach needed against pirates and supply lines ashore

LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

10:50 a.m. EST, January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. Navy commander is calling for a broader, counterterrorism approach to piracy off the coast of Somalia, saying likely links to al-Shabab insurgents should not be underestimated. Vice Adm. Mark Fox says America and its allies must put more pressure on pirates ashore, hitting their supply lines and tracking their money, before they head out to sea. While he stopped short of calling for a greater use of military force, he says nations must go after pirates with the same vigor and discipline they use when targeting terrorists. He warns that the pirates’ growing use of larger, often commandeered ships, allows them to go further out to sea where they could threaten cruise ships. Fox is commander of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Central Command fleet.–us-piracy,0,164912…

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