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Topic - Phil Haslam
Somalia's fragile leadership, its neighbors and international allies are meeting in London in the hope of speeding the troubled east African nation's progress toward a stable government and containing the threat from Islamic militants who some fear could export terrorism to Europe and the United States.
Haslam, based at the EU's anti-piracy headquarters in London, warned that the EU and other international missions are covering about 3.2 million square miles with around 25 boats.
Explaining Somali's progress against piracy, Capt. Phil Haslam, a naval officer with the EU anti-piracy patrol, said pirates currently hold seven vessels and 191 hostages, compared to 32 ships and 661 hostages in January 2011.