09 January 2009 00:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US will launch an anti-piracy task force in mid-January to protect chemical and oil tankers near the Horn of Africa, naval officials said on Thursday.
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The new task force would focus exclusively on fighting Somalian pirates, who attacked more than 100 ships in 2008 and raked in an estimated $120m (€89m) in ransoms, according to the US Navy statement.
The task force is comprised only of US ships, though the US Navy statement said other nations were expected to announce their participation soon.
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