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TRIPOLI — American sailors handed over control of a captured North Korean-flagged oil tanker to Libyan forces while in international waters Saturday. Ayoub Qassem, a spokesman for the Libyan navy, said that the tanker, Morning Glory, is now heading to the port at Zawiya refinery, 25 miles west of the capital Tripoli.
Three Libyan navy ships escorted the vessel into national waters. Last week, US Navy SEALs seized the ship off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, stopping an attempt by a Libyan militia to sell its shipload of crude in defiance of Tripoli. Thirty-four sailors from the frigate USS Elrod were aboard the tanker.