Attempts by eastern federalists to export oil in defiance of Tripoli reached a spectacular conclusion this week, after US navy SEALs boarded a North Korea-flagged tanker off the coast of Cyprus in the early hours of 17 March.

The Morning Glory had illegally taken on crude at the Es Sider terminal, held by forces loyal to Ibrahim al-Jathran, the charismatic figurehead of a movement demanding more autonomy for the eastern part of the country. (CONTINUED - 1072 WORDS)