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NATO extends mission in the Indian Ocean

NATO has decided to extend its anti-piracy mission in the Indian Ocean until 2016 even though no ships have been hijacked in the region since May 2012.

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NATO has extended its anti-piracy mission in the Indian Ocean until the end of 2016 following a meeting with defense ministers in Brussels. Pirates still constitute a threat in the region in spite of a significant decline in attacks, according to a statement issued by NATO headquarters.

Since 2009, naval forces from the defense alliance have patrolled the waters off the Horn of Africa in the so-called Operation Ocean Shield in collaboration with forces from the EU and elsewhere.

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