I'm calling it now, before the end of 3052, the invading hordes will have overrun all but a tiny enclave of the FRR, and taken sizeable chunk out of Lyran and Combine territory. Mark my words. I for one am not going to let some hideous Alien wierdoes born in a test-tube or something take over our planets, steal our stuff, and enslave our people.
I agree with your sentiment.
However.... This perphery event is taking place near Taurian and Canopian space. The FRR is on the opposite side of the inner sphere from them, so I'm inclined to think these aren't the aliens you're looking for.
Another thing I noticed while re-reading the different articles; The first ship disappeared in Canopian Space. This last one disappeared near Taurian space. Looking at the map and noting the approximate locations of the disappearances, shows that they are somewhat far apart, and a long way from the Pirates Haven Cluster. These pirates are really getting around, covering a lot of turf in their attacks. That's pretty ballsy for a bunch of freebooters with patchwork equipment. I would think that if these were pirates, they would stick to raiding systems relatively close to the cluster. But hey, they could have the capabilities, so I'm not going to say that they can't do it. Its possible. But I'm still puzzled as to their choice of targets.
Yes, they have value, but they are highly visible targets that going to gain the pirates a lot of unwanted attention very quickly. Something is just not fitting here for me. If these are pirates, they are up to something big. What bothers me is what that "something big" is.