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That’s news to me!

I just found this little gem on Debka.
NATO, Greek and Israeli navies are scouring three seas - the eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Aegean - for a cargo ship, the 1,600-ton Tonga-flagged Cristi, which is believed to be carrying a band of al Qaeda terrorists to a fresh target.

Why haven't we heard about this here? Isn't this news?
Debka goes on to report:
DEBKAfile’s maritime and counter-terror sources report that the Cristi , like the Sara, which was detained in Italy carrying suspected Pakistani terrorists, and another suspect vessel, Twillinger, is owned by the Greek ship-owner, Dimitris Kokkos, and a Pakistani-American, Rifat Muhammed.

Kokkos, who also owned the Palestinian arms-smuggling ship Karine-A captured last January by the Israel Navy, is said to live in Romania. He is wanted by the Greek authorities for smuggling.

Our investigation reveals that the pair head Nova Spirit Inc., a company registered in Delaware, US, which runs al Qaeda’s shipping operations from the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanza and Nador on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast.

I typed "Cristi" and "Twillinger" into a search engine, and got this:
"The USS Monterey conducted a compliant boarding of the merchant vessel Tara" at around 4 am (0200 GMT) on Wednesday, Commander Bob Ross, spokesman for the US Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, told AFP.

"The Monterey was directed to conduct an interception after the merchant vessel displayed suspicious behaviour," Ross said, declining to outline what that behaviour was. The Tongan-registered Tara was found to be in order and allowed to proceed following the search which was "likely to have lasted several hours", said Ross.

On Monday Italian anti-terrorist police working closely with the US naval intelligence service said the Tara, formerly known as the Cristi, was associated with two other ships stopped by Italian authorities earlier this year.

A full day before Debka posted their story, the ship in question was found, boarded, searched, and released. So much for breaking a story.
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