US navy Seals take over oil tanker seized by Libyan rebels – The Guardian

American navy Seals have seized a North Korea-flagged tanker that had been loaded with crude oil at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya, the Pentagon has announced.

The operation to take control of the Morning Glory took place a week after Libya failed to prevent the tanker from leaving the rebel-controlled eastern port of Es Sider loaded with an estimated $20m (£12m) cargo, in a crisis that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, the Guardian reported.

“The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government’s national oil company,” said John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman. “The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of Es Sider.”

There were no casualties in the operation, which took place in international waters off the coast of Cyprus late on Sunday night. The raid was authorised by the US president, Barack Obama, after receiving a request for assistance from Tripoli. The Seals boarded the 21,000-tonne tanker using helicopters and fast boats from a warship, the USS Roosevelt.


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