A Libya tanker “Morning Glory” underwent seizure after Navy SEALS boarded it in the Mediterranean. This occurred after the threat of a piracy attempt loomed on the horizon.
The United States has forces on various important missions throughout the world. One such party of protectors just nabbed a tanker that had been engaged in a clandestine operation.
The Libyan tanker had three pirates on board who had fled with crude oil and had plans to sell it. But the US Navy SEALs forces foiled their nefarious objectives.
The armed terrorists-cum-pirates had virtually held the government of Libya hostage. They had escaped with all that oil which they wanted to get rid off for a hefty profit in the global market.
Termed the “Morning Glory”, the oil tanker was infiltrated by a Navy SEALs team after requests from both Libya and Cyprus. President Obama too gave the green signal for the mission. After all, justice ought to reign in this world. And chaos was not an alternative.
The Navy SEALs operation was bloodless. There were no casualties and no bullets got wasted. The three pirates have been taken into custody. And the ship is now in the secure ambit of the United States.
"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, Kirby's statement said.
Ever since the dictator, Muammar Gaddafi was killed in riots during the Arab Spring, there have been pro-Gaddafi elements that have wreaked havoc on a scale unimagined before. They have especially targeted the state-owned oil resources.
Temporarily, the threat from these insurrectionist individualists has been warded off. But the question is for how long? All that Libya has in terms of economic currency is oil. If that vital asset is seized by rebel forces than what is to be done?
"Oil is the economy's artery. The government will not allow anyone to fool around with the assets and resources of the Libyan people," the Libyan government said in a statemen
This is the second time the US has gotten involved in skirmishes in Libya in a time span of half a year. The weak government in Libya has been facing a tough time at the hands of the rebels. Had it not been for the United States, things could have been a lot worse.