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Navy SEALs Rescue Tanker

Ed Payne
Non-staff Guest Writer

The conflict over oil wealth is stoking fears Libya may slide deeper into chaos...


Elite force takes back control of hijacked oil tanker

U.S. Navy SEAL

A U.S. Navy SEAL surfaces with his weapon drawn during a combat swimmer training dive. | Photo: DoD | Cpo Andrew Mckaskle,

Elite force takes back control of hijacked oil tanker

Ed Payne
Non-staff Guest Writer



[Comments] U.S. Navy SEALs have taken control of a commercial tanker that had been seized by three armed Libyans earlier this month.

No one was hurt in the Sunday night operation, the Pentagon said.

The tanker, Morning Glory, is carrying oil owned by Libya's National Oil Company.

It sailed last week from the rebel-held port of As-Sidra in the nation's east. Libyan forces fired on the vessel but were called off by the U.S. Navy, fearing an environmental disaster.

The situation remains unsettled in the North African nation, which the government is struggling to control more than two years after the ouster of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In this case, the issue centers around the oil-rich eastern part of the country and one man in particular, Ibrahim Jadran. The militia leader was entrusted by the government to safeguard crucial oil ports. But last July, Jadran and his men seized them, blocking oil exports, and demanded more autonomy and shared revenues for his eastern region.

He said he acted because the government is corrupt.

The conflict over oil wealth is stoking fears Libya may slide deeper into chaos as the fragile government fails to rein in the armed brigades that helped oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 but now do as they please.

Libyan Oil Tanker

U.S. Navy Seals board hijacked tanker | Photo: Reuters | Libya, Oil Tanker, Boat, Ship, Ocean, Hijack,

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