International Security

Modern piracy is a bigger problem than you might think. And it has an age-old solution

A small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership is destroyed February 2, 2011 by weapons fire from the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen after the Momsen disrupted an attack on a commercial oil tanker in the Arabian Sea. Momsen and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill came to the aid of the merchant vessel simultaneously in a coordinated rescue and assist effort after receiving a distress call. Photo taken February 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Chief Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin-US Navy/Handout   (SOMALIA - Tags: CRIME LAW MILITARY TRANSPORT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTXXGZ9

International cooperation is key to capturing pirates, says Mark Chadwick. Image: REUTERS

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