That Time Americans and North Koreans Fought Side by Side

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It was late October 2007 when the North Korean cargo ship Dai Hong Dan was sailing off the coast of Somalia. It had already delivered its cargo and was sailing back — but those were dangerous waters.

The ship was boarded by seven armed Somali pirates who were disguised as guards. The 22 North Koreans aboard were held hostage as the pirates sent the ship out to…