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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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jeljim March 17 2014 at 8:01 PM

What a grrrreat bunch of guys ! The Seals and the Green Berets are just the tops in my book ! And remember don't mess with them !

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DAN March 17 2014 at 1:38 PM

if we simply took our oil off the world market we would be paying less the a dolor per gal.

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rdehoogh DAN March 17 2014 at 2:35 PM

Load the market with our oil, make a buck and lower prices domestically. Watch the economy spiral upwards, that is

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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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booboodog March 17 2014 at 1:23 PM

I support the Seals 100%!!!!

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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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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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jmsaienni March 17 2014 at 5:34 PM

Try to Remember this; The United States and furthermore the United States Navy IS a Global Force that represents GOOD. The Navy SEALS represent that Navy and the United States - they have a motto which clearly states "my life for freedom". Although part of a bigger picture I am grateful for these men...these SEALS. The United States is like my family - not always right and sometimes very wrong - however I always love my family and will NEVER turn on them. Think about it - like it or not the US Navy SEALS are perhaps the most highly trained and professional operators in the world. Perhaps that is the reason why so many other countries of the Free World rely on us and we in turn rely on the SEALS. I love our SEALS and I hope you do too. These guys are willing to lay their lives down for us........just my opinion but that's strong....about as strong as it gets and I salute each and everyone of them.

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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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Hello March 17 2014 at 12:23 PM

One for the good guys!!!!

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ramondillon March 17 2014 at 9:59 AM

Sissssssssss get'em guys !

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