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Iran's allged oil attack.

  • On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers traveling through a vital Middle Eastern waterway, causing more than 40 crew members to abandon their ship.
  • The problem was that he provided no specific evidence, leading some skeptics to question whether to believe the Trump administration’s claim.
  • 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.
  • Limpet mines, which are also believed to have been used in similar attacks in May, are explosive sea mines that can be attached to the hull of a ship using magnets.
  • Iran has a substantial arsenal of sophisticated naval mines as well as a long history of using these weapons to attack oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.
  • 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.

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