Aug 15, 2010 3:30 PM by Chris Welty
BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. Navy says four commercial ships anchored
near the southern oil hub of Basra have been robbed in a rare
attack off the Iraqi coast.
Lt. John Fage, a spokesman for the Navy's Fifth Fleet in
Bahrain, said Sunday that two men armed with AK-47 rifles boarded
the American ship Sagamore a week ago.
He says the assailants took computers, cell phones and money
from crew members before fleeing the vessel after about 40 minutes
He says three other ships were attacked in a two-hour period
starting about 2 a.m. on Aug. 8. Fage identified those ships as the
Antigua-flagged Armenia, the North Korean Crystal Wave and the
Syrian Sana Star.
The attack reflects concerns about an increase in crime in Iraq
even as political violence ebbs.