Islamic State Vessel Arrested

Greek Coast Guard

Published Sep 1, 2015 4:48 PM by The Maritime Executive

The Greek Coast Guard has intercepted a foreign-flagged cargo ship near Crete that is believed to be transporting weapons and explosives to Islamic State. Reports indicate that the weapons are linked to an ISIS-affiliated militant group in Libya.

The crew aboard the vessel has been arrested, and the vessel was taken to the port of Iraklion for further investigation.

Libya has been in a state of civil war since 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. Each of Libya’s rival governments and ISIS are under a U.N. arms embargo.