**FILE** A naval officer works Feb. 20, 2012, at the operation room of the EU NAVFOR, the European Union naval force responsible with anti-piracy patrols, at their headquarters in Northwood, England. The force said pirates who target international shipping from the shores in Somalia hijacked six vessels between May and December 2011, compared to 19 between January and April. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A naval officer works Feb. 20, 2012, at the operation room of the EU NAVFOR, the European Union naval force responsible with anti-piracy patrols, at their headquarters in Northwood, England. The force said pirates who target international shipping from the shores in Somalia hijacked six vessels between May and December 2011, compared to 19 between January and April. (Associated Press)