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FBI Hostage Negotiating Team Brings Experience to Pirate Situation

Perhaps it’s a testament to its reputation that the FBI hostage negotiation team has been called in to help with the pirate hijacking on the high-seas. The unit has been involved in a lot of high profile situations and this is the latest.
By Rebecca Cole
Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON fbi-logo — The FBI, brought in to help negotiate with the Somali pirates holding an American freighter captain, is no stranger to overseas hostage crises.

Since 1990, its Crisis Negotiation Unit has worked on more than 100 foreign hostage situations in Iraq, the Gaza Strip, Haiti and elsewhere.

The unit, based in Quantico, Va., routinely deploys negotiators to assist in kidnapping and other incidents involving U.S. citizens. Called the negotiating arm of the U.S. government, the FBI has about 340 crisis negotiators in 56 field offices.

FBI spokesman Bill Carter confirmed that the agency is assisting Navy personnel in negotiations with the pirates but would not comment on specifics. Among the cases on which the FBI has worked is the kidnapping of Jill Carroll, the American freelance journalist who was held for 82 days in Baghdad in 2006.


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