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The release of the Iranian dhow: not without damage

(BRUSSELS2) If the US Navy communicated extensively on the operation to free the 13 Iranian fishermen last Thursday (January 5), it was more discreet about the fate of the pirates. And for good reason ; This operation did not go without damage on the pirates' side. In fact, of 15 pirates apprehended by American forces: 3 died, and 4 were injured. The 12 suspects (8 able-bodied, 4 injured) were, in fact, handed over (very quickly) by American forces in Yemen. It is up to him to transport them elsewhere. The Yemeni navy has just, as reported by the Somalia Report website, handed over the 12 suspects to the Puntland authorities and incarcerated in the central prison of Bossasso. The bodies of the other three pirates were also transferred, two of which were returned to their families. They had apparently tried to retaliate against US forces, or at least had not immediately thrown their weapons overboard like the survivors, according to the testimony of a local pirate whose brother was among the suspects arrested by the US Navy.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).