Spain will send up to 395 troops to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia as part of a European Union task force, the Spanish Parliament agreed on Wednesday.
The near-unanimous parliamentary vote authorizing the troop deployment came after a Spanish tuna fishing boat was seized last spring by Somali pirates and later released, after a reported payment of ransom.
Last November, a Spanish press photographer was kidnapped in Somalia, while working on a story about piracy. He was released two weeks ago. Read full article »