Gulf of Aden
It further reports that "on Wednesday, the Somali government authorized foreign use of force against the pirates".
This particular vessel is different from the huge oil super tankers. Apparently, this vessel has only 20 crew members. But it's carrying 33 Russian-made tanks plus ammunition.
The US Navy already leads a multinational force that patrols international waters off Somalia. But that force has proven impotent against this year's pirate onslaught.
Innocent lives are at stake. This onslaught by the pirates if gone unchecked may have dire consequences in maritime trade. Political manoeuvres are ineffective in controlling this menace.
The country of Somalia which has a very vast coastline is just a country in name. The main area of pirate activities is at the Gulf of Aden, to the north of Somalia.
It's amazing that the USA could topple a legitimate regime, but seems toothless to protect maritime traffic in international waters.
(See update on 17 Dec 2008 : HERE)