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Navy SEALs Board Oil Tanker Stolen From Libyan Rebel Port

Libya Rebel Tanker Seized
March 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker late on Sunday that escaped earlier this month from a Libyan port with armed men at the helm, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Libyan anti-government rebels, who are calling for a greater share of oil wealth and autonomy, had managed to load crude oil onto the 37,000 tonne-tanker, which escaped the Libyan navy, embarrassing the weak central government and prompting parliament to vote the prime minister out of office.

No one was hurt in the boarding operation, approved by U.S. President Barack Obama, requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments and conducted in international waters 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 Cypriot ministry of foreign affairs said the vessel was now heading west in the Mediterranean with a U.S. military escort. It was parked 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Cyprus when the operation occurred around midnight Cyprus time.

The standoff over control of OPEC member Libya's oil is one facet of wider turmoil that has engulfed the vast North African country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi nearly three years ago.

The government and nascent army have struggled to control brigades of former anti-Gaddafi fighters who have refused to disarm and have used their military muscle to make political demands on the state, often by targeting the vital oil sector. (Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Dale Hudson)

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John March 17 2014 at 12:59 PM

I don't think that even though we helped a muslim country, that we will get any credit for doing it. They all hate us.

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momsname17 March 17 2014 at 2:52 PM

i'm proud of you men and thankful everyone is allright.

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ladyhawk2808j momsname17 March 17 2014 at 4:19 PM

Not all who serve in the Armed Forces are men~~~~~~I served 23yrs and I am a female!

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hsena March 17 2014 at 3:55 PM

our seals are the best fighting group

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garabian hsena March 17 2014 at 4:57 PM

We should not risk them. Libyans are not worth one drop of their blood. Let them go afer their own oil.

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John garabian March 17 2014 at 8:28 PM

Truth in that statement. As if any muslim country would take up arms against muslims. They just have the US fix things for them and then hate us even more.
Though if we hadn't taken the ship back, the muslim terrorists would have used it to kill more of us non muslims.

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frmthebookofrage March 17 2014 at 4:05 PM

ahahhaha there navy couldn't catch a oil tanker?...and we had to do it??.....One hell of a navy you have there Libya good for you all it wasn't something worse might want to start some (alot) pratice there.

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poncee22 March 17 2014 at 4:19 PM

Isn't Lybia the same country that attacked and killed US diplomat and 3 others? Why are we getting involved with them?

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Dave March 17 2014 at 3:17 PM

The picture in this article shows an Oil Tanker NOT full of oil (riding high in the water), but the article claims it was carrying a cargo of oil. More Bullchyt Journalism.

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redptdc Dave March 17 2014 at 3:23 PM

Yo idiot, you think your getting live footage photos. The op was at midnight. Wake up!!!

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sheckyvegas Dave March 17 2014 at 3:55 PM

You're nitpicking because of the photo? Jeez, get a life already!

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ramondillon March 17 2014 at 9:59 AM

Sissssssssss get'em guys !

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Cheryl March 17 2014 at 9:46 AM

GOD BLESS OUR NAVY SEALS....YOU GUYS ARE THE GREATEST!

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davidmapp7 March 17 2014 at 9:45 AM

Gaddafi was shot by his own people...but no outside of Libya influences or covert backing/training was involved ? Robbing of Oil and Gold not involved..?..

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brooklynjoe1 davidmapp7 March 17 2014 at 10:12 AM

Saying that "Ghaddafi was shot by his own people " is not much different than saying that John Kennedy was shot by his own people. There was only an element that did not like Ghaddafi not the majority . Frankly I thought he was an interesting guy . It was a huge mistake to bomb Libya. It was a worse mistake for the United States to kill his children in the 1980's during Reagan's term. If you killed
my children I will haunt you and your country until I die.

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Carolyn davidmapp7 March 17 2014 at 12:45 PM

In point of fact, we started lobbing Tomahawk missiles at Libya and started the war against Kaddafy. I do not think we have the right to attack a foreign country who has not attacked us. It was done in order to establish the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Libya. The US assisted the Muslim Brotherhood in taking over Egypt, but the Egyptians overthrew them. The US then promptly stopped foreign aid to Egypt. One has to wonder which side our government is on.

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rupara5 March 17 2014 at 9:41 AM

SEMPER FI

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