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US Navy SEALs Seize Renegade Oil Tanker

FILE - The North Korean-flagged tanker 'Morning Glory' docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf, March 8, 2014.
FILE - The North Korean-flagged tanker 'Morning Glory' docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf, March 8, 2014.
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The Pentagon announced that U.S. Navy SEALs have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya.

The Defense Department said Monday no one was hurt in the boarding of the "stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans."

The statement said the action was requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments and approved by President Barack Obama.

It was conducted just after 10:00 p.m. local time on Sunday in international waters southeast of Cyprus.

It said U.S. sailors are now in control of the ship, called Morning Glory. They will soon return the tanker and its cargo back to a port in Libya.

The Morning Glory loaded the oil earlier this month in the Libyan port of As-Sadra, which is controlled by a rebel militia group.

The tanker had been a North Korean-flagged ship, but Pyongyang has denied responsibility, saying the vessel is linked to an Egyptian company. North Korea then revoked the registration of the ship.

The Morning Glory escaped Libya's attempt to seize it, prompting a fierce backlash against Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who fled the country.

The Libyan government said it has ordered special forces to deploy within two weeks to bring all rebel-held ports back under government control.

The standoff has cut Libya's oil exports by more than 80 percent.

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by: ali baba from: new york
March 17, 2014 3:44 PM
United state do not have business to seize oil tanker. United sate is not an agent for local Libyan dispute. it seems that we are not learned from our mistake when Us helped rebel to overthrown Gaddafi. and within less than one year ,the rebel who give them helping hand ,killed American ambassador. from that incidents , we did not learn our lesson .get involve in middle east barbaric behavior is not the right decision.

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by: ali baba from: new york
March 19, 2014 1:33 AM
in reply to us citizen, dude is not proper English. learn proper English. do you know what the content of my message . the content is middle east people can not be trusted and we should waste our resources on them .read the Quran the holy book of Muslim. it is the best manifesto for terrorism . if you are American citizen ,you have the right to raise your concern and I just exercise my right to raise my concern about the behavior of middle east and it is marked by stabbing in the back. if you do not understand my English. it is ok. just get education about the proper behavior which should marked by love and peace and that it is not the behavior of middle east which most of the country in turmoil and the question. why is common in middle east. do you know how sick middle east people .they slave woman. they sexually abused boys .

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by: US Citizen
March 19, 2014 12:34 AM
@ali bab: Dude, learn English and then maybe you can have some validity in what you say about the country you are obviously NOT from that let you come here and say something you want without a threat to your life.

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