But late Thursday, the US military put out some information that looks very damning for Iran.US Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East, released a grainy black-and-white video.
The video purports to show an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the damaged tankers,the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous,and the photos detail the section of the ship where it exploded.
In early May, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the US was deploying an aircraft carrier and bomber planes to the Persian Gulf in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings”
The move, Bolton said, was meant “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
About a week after Bolton’s warning,four oil tankers were damaged near the Strait of Hormuz.Two of them belonged to Saudi Arabia and one belonged to the UAE, both staunch enemies of Iran and friends to the USA.