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WASHINGTON — A team of Navy SEALs boarded a North Korean-flagged oil tanker Sunday night in the Mediterranean in an apparent bid to prevent the delivery of Libyan crude worth several millions of dollars that members of a militia had been attempting to sell, according to US and Libyan officials.
In a daring operation approved by President Obama, the SEALs commandeered the commercial tanker Morning Glory shortly after 10 p.m. and were en route overnight to a Libyan port, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman. No one was hurt during the operation, he said.
Libya’s fledgling government had strongly opposed the sale of oil by a militia in eastern Libya and at one point threatened to bomb the vessel.