Royal Navy "catch and release" Somali pirates 

Pirates get cigarettes and medical treatment

After publishing my column Tuesday  Afghan rules of engagement force U.S. soldiers to free insurgents caught red handed regarding the release of enemy insurgents attempting to kill U.S. troops and civilians,  I was surprised to see the British are doing the same with Somali Pirates.

In an article from the Daily Mail of London reporters Tom Kelly and Paul Revoir, reveal that British Royal Navy superiors ordered shipmates to give  a gang of 17 armed pirates “halal meals, medical checks, cigarettes"  and a nicotine patch for one pirate before releasing them. 

One small note: The pirates were armed with AK-47s, rocket propelled grenades and held hostages for more than three months.

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