Major Oops by Somali Pirates
No Iran did not send a crack commando unit to retrieve the ship, though the pirates would have probably preferred that to what did happen.
The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. "Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died," Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa.
I must now ask, what is on that ship that would cause such a reaction in the pirates? Does that sound like some sort of chemical or radiation poisoning to you? While the ship was supposedly carrying iron ore and "industrial materials" to Rotterdam, it's pretty clear that there is something else on that ship.
The pirates don't know what it is because they have been unable to open the cargo containers.
There are a couple of possibilities. The most suspected is that it was taking weapons in Eritrea against a UN sanction. It could have also been something intended for terrorists in Europe as the ship was headed toward Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
I for one would like to know what it is. The American Intelligence agencies also want to know. They have supposedly offered a bribe to the pirates to inspect the cargo. Under the circumstances I think that would an advisable thing to do.
It would be a major bit of irony if a terrorist plot was ended by a group of Islamic pirates who had no idea of what they were doing.