NATO forces prevented Somali pirates from capturing a Norwegian tanker during a dramatic 7-hour battle, USA Today reports. Seven pirates attacked the ship but backed off after crewmembers fired warning shots at their skiff. NATO troops were forced to release the pirates after seizing their weapons because of legal and logistical hurdles involved in trying to prosecute them.
“When a ship is part of NATO, the detention of person is a matter for the national authorities,” explained one officer. “It stops being a NATO issue and starts being a national issue.” Pirates have attacked more than 80 boats so far this year and have seized at least 18.