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Camp Pendleton Marines take back pirate-held ship off Somalia

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Leave it to the Marines from Camp Pendleton to pull off the perfect mission. Members of the 15-th Marine Expeditionary Unit convinced some Somalia based pirates to give up without a fight.

It happened in the Gulf of Aden, 85 miles southeast of Mukallah, Yemen. News 8's Jeff Zevely spoke with a former naval commander about the daring operation.

The U.S. Navy says Marine commandos have reclaimed control of a pirate-held vessel off the Somalia coast and taken nine prisoners.

The raid took place just before dawn Thursday. The German-owned Magellan Star was commandeered by pirates a day earlier.

The Navy statement says nine suspected pirates were taken into custody. No injuries were reported among the vessel's crew or the Marine team.


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