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US Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:17 AM
 
The US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt steams in the Atlantic while en route to the Mediterranean Sea on Feb 18, 2014. US Navy Seals operating from the USS Roosevelt captured an oil tanker on Monday, March 17, 2014, that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea, the Pentagon said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TRIPOLI (AFP) - US Navy Seals captured an oil tanker on Monday, March 17, 2014, that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea, the Pentagon said.

The weak Tripoli government's failure to halt the tanker had plunged the country into one of its biggest crises since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by a Nato-backed uprising in 2011, with Parliament ousting Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who fled the country.

No one was hurt when US forces, at the request of both Libya and Cyprus, "boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans", Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

The operation was approved by US President Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday in international waters south-east of Cyprus.

 
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