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U.S. Navy SEALS Seize Control of Oil Tanker from Libyan Rebels

U.S. Navy SEALS Seize Control of Oil Tanker from Libyan Rebels

A North Korean oil tanker located off the coast of Cyprus was stolen and held for ransom by a mob of armed Libyan rebels. Last night U.S. Navy SEALS, embarked on a stealth mission, by successfully raiding and seizing control of the tanker.

In true Navy SEAL form, the sweep went down in the darkness of the night as an elite team of commandos were dropped onto The Morning Glory via helicopter after tracking its location approximated 18 miles southwest of the island nation per USA Today.


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A spokesman for the Pentagon reported that the team was met by little or no resistance as they were able to silently maneuver through the vessels corridors and cabins, successfully detaining all inside. No one was harmed or injured during the raid.

The Morning Glory was snatched from the port of Es Sider some time last month by Libyan anti-Government insurgents. This group of radicals demands included a larger share of the oil wealth in their quest to seek freedom from the country’s neophyte administration.

The insurgents had somehow managed to haul crude oil onto the 37,000 ton-tanker, all without the Libyan navy’s knowledge. The embarrassing oversight has greatly affected the central government already viewed as feeble and weak, thus motivating parliament to vote the prime minister out of office.

The entire operation was authorized by President Barack Obama, requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments and conducted in international waters located southeast of Cyprus, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.

“The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of Es Sider,” his statement said.

The vessel is currently heading west in the Mediterranean according to the Cypriot ministry of foreign affairs and is under a full U.S. Military escort. The operation took place around midnight Cyprus time some 18 miles southwest of the island.

The impasse over control of OPEC member Libya’s oil is only one part of the great unrest and strife that has consumed the immense North African country since the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi almost three years ago.

The government and fledgling army have made concerted efforts to control contingents of former anit-Gaddafi militants who have refused to disband and have used their military muscle to coerce political demands on the state, often directed at the key oil sector.


U.S. Navy SEALS Seize Control of Oil Tanker from Libyan Rebels




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