US plan calls for hunting pirates by land and air

The US is proposing to track down Somali pirates not only at sea, but on land and in Somalian air space with cooperation from the African country's weak UN-backed government. The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue. It proposes that all nations and regional groups cooperating with Somalia's government in the fight against piracy and armed robbery "may take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia." The proposal marks one of the Bush administration's last major foreign policy initiatives. If the US military gets involved, it would mark a dramatic turnabout from the US experience in Somalia in 1992-1993 that culminated in a deadly military clash in Mogadishu followed by a humiliating withdrawal of American forces. Piracy off Somalia has intensified in recent months, with more attacks against a wider range of targets.