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    By Eliza Mackintosh, Helen Regan and Vasco Cotovio, CNN
    Updated 9:36 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019



    Where all of this is taking place

    The two tankers were targeted Thursday morning in the Gulf of Oman, the same waterway where four commercial ships were attacked last month.

    The attacks have ratcheted up existing tensions in the region, where Iran has long been at loggerheads with Saudi Arabia and the UAE -- most recently over the civil war in Yemen.


    Thursday's incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route that has been the focal point of regional tensions for decades.

    Roughly 30% of the world's sea-borne crude oil passes through the strategic choke point, making it a flashpoint for political and economic friction.

    The Strait of Hormuz links the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, separating Oman from its eastern neighbor, Iran. The strait is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point, but is deep enough to handle the biggest tankers,

    The US Energy Information Administration describes it as the "world's most important choke point," with roughly 80% of the crude it handles destined for markets in Asia.

    Iran has previously made threats to block the waterway, but has not acted on them.

    Hmmmm...looks like those damn Mermaids
    are getting pissed off!!!

    Better call Aqua Man!!!


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    expect a sharp rise in gas prices within the next day...
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    Not much public info to sift through yet.

    The PM of Japan is visiting Iran. Both tankers were 'heading' to Japan.

    'The EU urges maximum restraint'. Ok, EU. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac shark View Post
    Not much public info to sift through yet.

    The PM of Japan is visiting Iran. Both tankers were 'heading' to Japan.

    'The EU urges maximum restraint'. Ok, EU. Thanks.

    The Iranians also were involved in the rescue.


    I'm not saying that Iran is never responsible for this type of attack, but in this case I don't think they are. I would look to see who has the most to lose by Iran having an oil deal with Japan.

    My first suspicion is either the Saudis or a group of their terrorist friends acting on their behalf.
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    We need to start providing US Navy escort ships for tankers thru the strait as we did in the 1980s if this shit keeps on happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    We need to start providing US Navy escort ships for tankers thru the strait as we did in the 1980s if this shit keeps on happening.
    I think they’re on the way.
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    Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says


    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the "blatant assault" on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday.


    In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said: “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”


    He charged that Iran was working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. would defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate.


    His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News the U.S. Navy saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked. It's the same type of mine used to damage four oil tankers last month in the same area - an attack senior Pentagon officials blamed on Iran.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says



    coming soon to the skies over iran...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    coming soon to the skies over iran...

    Iranians have won the coin toss and elected to receive.
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    What is the weight of a conventional
    Buff payload again????
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