The Pentagon announced that on Sunday night, Navy SEALS boarded the Morning Glory, a “stateless” ship with an illegal load of oil reportedly owned by the Libyan government. Libyan officials said it was carrying around 234,000 barrels of crude oil, and originally flew the North Korea flag, although the registry is thought to have been revoked. The fracas over the oil, which was allegedly stolen by three armed Libyans, led to a political row that cost the Libyan prime minister his job. The boarding took place in the Mediterranean Sea and was reminiscent of the 2009 operation to rescue the Maersk Alabama, which is the basis for the movie Captain Phillips.
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