Incidents of maritime piracy reached an all-time high since the start of the European Union's anti-piracy naval mission more than three years ago, according to the annual report by the EU on Operation Atalanta. There were 176 pirate incidents during 2011, up from 174 in 2010 and 163 in 2009. The total number of pirated ships dropped to 25 from 47 the previous year. But even those figures may be low, according to Ecoterra International, an independent organization that tracks Somali-area ...


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