The long, meandering voyage of the North Korea-flagged oil tanker Morning Glory came to an end overnight, when a “large number of commandos” from the USS Roosevelt attacked and captured the ship.
The Morning Glory was carrying tens of millions of dollars worth of
oil from the Sidra oil terminal, a Libyan terminal once operated by the
state oil company in cooperation with Western oil companies (primarily
Italy’s Eni) but now under control of secessionists.
The Libyan government botched their attempt to capture the Morning
Glory, setting it on fire with a missile but allowing it to escape into
the sea. The ship apparently had no idea who to sell the oil to,
however, and was just milling about the Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus
hoping to find a buyer for its grey-market crude.
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