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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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kraemer179 March 17 2014 at 11:19 AM

So, no mention of this being a North Korean-owned oil tanker (previous "news" reports from last week)? What's Kim gonna say about this?

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mountainmania09 kraemer179 March 17 2014 at 11:52 AM

Lil Kim will just send one of his tugboats after it.

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bmlu455 kraemer179 March 17 2014 at 11:59 AM

screw kim

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aloha master March 17 2014 at 11:55 AM

I have to wonder why in America we do not hear even briefs concerning the "... wider turmoil that has engulfed the vast North African country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi nearly three years ago."?

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dixielatino aloha master March 17 2014 at 12:30 PM

plan and simple the so called free press is owned by the corporations who would rather silence the progressive thinkers in the USA .

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Bob dixielatino March 17 2014 at 12:37 PM

Dixie.... I CANNOT stop shaking my head over your post. Why dont you use the brain God gave you and find out hwere the money resides bahind the U.S. press.... er, propaganda, machine?

Jesus! And you have a vote. Now that's scary.

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borisiak aloha master March 17 2014 at 12:36 PM

Because it goes contrary to the kool aid that we do always good.............

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cristoba1 March 17 2014 at 9:29 AM

Aced it!

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Joe March 17 2014 at 12:21 PM

I kinda like it. Great job seals.

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John Joe March 17 2014 at 1:04 PM

Except, the bad guys didn't die during the operation.

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Hello March 17 2014 at 12:23 PM

One for the good guys!!!!

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Vimala Nowlis March 17 2014 at 12:40 PM

Got to protect that oil at all cost.

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pooleconsulting March 17 2014 at 9:10 AM

If I owned a cargo ship or any ship you can bet it would be armed to the teeth and trained people on board that could protect it. What is the deal with these bass boats full of thugs being able to take over a cargo tanker?

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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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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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ramondillon March 17 2014 at 9:59 AM

Sissssssssss get'em guys !

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