Iran to send warships to patrol against pirates

Iran will send two warships to join an international flotilla protecting cargo ships from pirates off the Somali coast, the country's state television announced on Thursday. According to the report, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaei, made the commitment in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report appeared on the Web site of Iran's Press TV. In the letter sent Wednesday, Khazaei said the warships will leave for the Gulf of Aden within the next two days for a five-month assignment. The ships will join vessels from the US, Denmark, Italy, Russia, China and other countries.