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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