Iran sends warship to Somali waters to battle pirates

Iranian state radio said that Iran has sent a warship to the coast of Somalia to protect its cargo ships against piracy. The Saturday report said that the ship arrived in Somali waters. The Iranian ship would join vessels from the US, Denmark, Italy, Russia and other countries in patrolling the Gulf of Aden, which leads to the Suez Canal and is the quickest route from Asia to Europe and the Americas. In November, a cargo ship operated by Iran was hijacked off the coast of Somalia, the second since July.