tags: Libya incident, North Korea incident,
March 1-March 22, 2014 Tanker MV Morning Glory had been ordered to Libyan waters off the port of Sidra where it was seized by rebel gunmen. Flying the flag of North Korea the vessel then entered the port of Sidra, Libya in early March 2014. the tanker was loaded with 234,000 barrel of state-owned crude oil that had been seized by the rebels. The Libyan government intended to prevent the ship from leaving the port on March 11, but failed to establish an effective blockade. The oil tanker was seized by a U.S. Navy SEAL team from the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt on March 16, 2014 without bloodshed. The vessel was brought to the port of Zawiya, Libya and handed over to Libyan authorities on March 22, 2014 after being escorted by USS Elrod (FFG-55)
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- March 10, 2014,Libya sends navy to stop N. Korean tanker Reuters Libya’s navy and pro-government militias dispatched boats to a port held by armed protesters to stop a North Korean-flagged tanker from leaving with crude sold without government permission... armed movement which has seized oil ports in eastern Libya said any attempt by government forces to attack a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude at a terminal under its control would be “like a declaration of war”. Abb-Rabbo al-Barassi, self-declared prime minister of the movement, warned Libya’s navy not to “harm” the tanker docked at Es Sider, according to a statement.
- Libya rebels 'agree to end oil port blockade' April 2, 2014 Al Jazeera rebel group in eastern Libya has agreed to end its seizure of several oil-exporting ports...Talks with the eastern rebels had moved forward after the US Navy captured a tanker that had loaded oil at a rebel port, killing the hopes of rebel leaders to sell crude bypassing Tripoli and pressuring them to agree on a deal.
- U.S. Navy hands over North Korean-flagged oil tanker ... Daily Mail Mar 22, 2014 - Last week, U.S. Navy SEALs captured the ship off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, stopping an attempt by a Libyan militia to sell its ...The Morning Glory was escorted by USS Elrod to Tripoli Saturday The ship had been taken by Libyan rebels, demanding more oil wealth and autonomy They had loaded 37-ton ship with crude oil stolen from port of Es Sider Last week a team of SEALs boarded the tanker near Cyprus and arrested the rebel on board North Korean-flagged tanker the Morning Glory, pictured here on March 8 docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf, was returned to Libya Saturday by the U.S. Navy, main force behind the tanker is a well-known militia commander Ibrahim Jedran's in east Libya who was planning to sell oil in defiance of Tripoli. Last summer, Jedran's militia took over Libya's oil facilities in the east. As a result, the country's exports of its biggest revenue earner have slowed to a trickle. militia loaded the Morning Glory with $30million worth of oil. North Korea had provided a flag for the tanker Morning Glory, it canceled registration of the ship after being notified of the incident. Saudi owned ship is registered in North Korea
- MV Morning Glory - Wikipedia Wikipedia Apparently the tanker had been ordered to Libyan waters off the port of Sidra where it was seized by rebel gunmen. Flying the flag of North Korea the vessel then
MV Morning Glory
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|Name:||MV Morning Glory (formerly MV Gulf Glory, MV Bandar Ayu, MV Pergiwati)|
|Owner:||National Oil Corporation, Libya or other unknown|
|Port of registry:||unknown|
|Identification:||Call Sign HMVE7, IMO 9044504|
|Notes:||As rogue vessel captured by US Navy SEALs on 3-16-2014|
|Type:||Aframax oil tanker|
MV Morning Glory, formerly Gulf Glory, Bandar Ayu, and Pergiwati, is an 1993-builtAframax crude oil tanker. Considered a stateless vessel with stolen cargo the tanker was seized by United States Special Forces southeast of Cyprus in the easternMediterranean on March 16, 2014. The intervention occurred upon the request of theLibyan and Cypriot governments.
As Gulf Glory the vessel had previously sailed under Liberian registry. In 2011 theMorning Glory was repaired at the CIC Changxing Shipyard, China.
March 2014 event
Apparently the tanker had been ordered to Libyan waters off the port of Sidra where it was seized by rebel gunmen. Flying the flag of North Korea the vessel then entered the port of Sidra, Libya in early March 2014. North Korea, however, disavowed the ship once it learned that the ship was under rebel control. Sidra is under control of an eastern Libyan militia group that under the leadership of Ibrahim Jathran defies the central government and aims for greater autonomy. At Sidra the tanker was loaded with 234,000 barrel of state-owned crude oil that had been seized by the rebels. The Libyan government intended to prevent the ship from leaving the port on March 11, but failed to establish an effective blockade. As a result the Ali Zeidan government collapsed. Fearing for his safety Zeidan then fled the country. The rebels had planned to sell the oil bypassing the Libyan government, however the intervention on sea blocked this attempt. The oil tanker was seized by a U.S. Navy SEAL team from the USS Roosevelt on March 16, 2014 without bloodshed. The vessel was brought to the port of Zawiya, Libya and handed over to Libyan authorities on March 22, 2014 after being escorted by USS Elrod (FFG-55) 
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Ibrahim Jadhran, age 33 (2014), is a Libyan militia leader from Ajdabiya in eastern Libya. He participated as a rebel commander in the 2011 Libyan revolution.
In 2012, after the revolution, Jadhran was named a commander of the Petroleum Defense Guards, the government force protecting the national oil facilities. Jadhran became dissatisfied with the actions of the central government, accusing it of corruption and incompetence, and demanded more autonomy for the eastern provinces that hold the rich oil fields. He declared that he opposes the Muslim Brotherhoodthat holds the central power in Tripoli, while detractors tried to link him to jihadists. He favors a federal relationship of the various provinces of Libya, where provinces would control their own resources, and the central government manages the military and foreign affairs.
In 2013, Jadhran set up the Cyrenaica Political Bureau and secured control of eastern ports, namely Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Zueitina. In August 2013, Jathran issued the “Ras Lanuf Declaration”, the declaration asks for the right to “govern our own affairs”. By October 2013, Jathran’s militia , the Cyrenaica Self-Defense Force, was estimated to number 17,500 men.
In 2014, Jadhran attempted to sell oil excluding the central government. The MV Morning Glory was loaded with crude oil at Sidra and broke through a weak government blockade. As a result, Ali Zeidan, the Prime Minister of Libya, was ousted by the parliament led by a Muslim Brotherhood coalition. However, Jathran’s success was short-lived. The US Ambassador, Deborah K. Jones declared Jadhran’s actions to be a “theft from the Libyan people.”  At the behest of the Libyan government, US forces took control of the ship on March 16, 2014, making it unlikely that Jadhran can sell oil without the permission of the central government. He, alongside the PFG, is currently involved in the second Libyan civil war fighting in Operation Diginity against the rival Islamist government based in Tripoli.