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  • Four ships 'sabotaged' in the Gulf of Oman amid tensions.

    Four commercial ships were targets of a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, the country's foreign affairs ministry has said.

    The incident reportedly took place near Fujairah port, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but caused no casualties.

    Saudi Arabia confirmed that two Saudi oil tankers sustained "significant damage".

    Another vessel was Norwegian-registered, whilst the fourth was reportedly UAE-flagged.

    Iran, which borders the strait, has called for a full investigation.

    Tensions are high in the region. About a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes through the area.

    Last month, Iran threatened to "close" the Strait of Hormuz if it was prevented from using the waterway.

    This followed a US decision to end exemptions from sanctions for major importers of Iranian oil.

    The US has deployed warships to the region in recent days to counter what it called "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces and maritime traffic. Iran dismissed that allegation as nonsense.

    A US military official told the BBC that, at the UAE's request, America had send "a team of experienced investigators" to help determine the cause of the damage.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unplanned visit to Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran with European foreign ministers.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48245204

    Iran claims it was a Israeli op, but I think almost all of us know who the black hats are. What say you?
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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    Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
    Four commercial ships were targets of a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, the country's foreign affairs ministry has said.

    The incident reportedly took place near Fujairah port, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but caused no casualties.

    Saudi Arabia confirmed that two Saudi oil tankers sustained "significant damage".

    Another vessel was Norwegian-registered, whilst the fourth was reportedly UAE-flagged.

    Iran, which borders the strait, has called for a full investigation.

    Tensions are high in the region. About a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes through the area.

    Last month, Iran threatened to "close" the Strait of Hormuz if it was prevented from using the waterway.

    This followed a US decision to end exemptions from sanctions for major importers of Iranian oil.

    The US has deployed warships to the region in recent days to counter what it called "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces and maritime traffic. Iran dismissed that allegation as nonsense.

    A US military official told the BBC that, at the UAE's request, America had send "a team of experienced investigators" to help determine the cause of the damage.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unplanned visit to Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran with European foreign ministers.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48245204

    Iran claims it was a Israeli op, but I think almost all of us know who the black hats are. What say you?
    another "Tonkin gulf"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jeffdoorgunnr View Post

      another "Tonkin gulf"
      From the people who brought you the Kuwaiti hospital incubator baby story, the Iraqi mobile WMD story, the Iraqi yellow cake uranium story, the Saddam 45 minutes from a chemical and biological weapons strike against the UK story, and so on...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
        (…)
        Iran claims it was a Israeli op, but I think almost all of us know who the black hats are. What say you?
        Only black hats in this one, no white hats I'm sorry

        US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unplanned visit to Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran with European foreign ministers.
        Yeah - good luck with that.

        EU tells Pompeo to cool.
        https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-m...into-brussels/
        High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
          Four commercial ships were targets of a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, the country's foreign affairs ministry has said.

          The incident reportedly took place near Fujairah port, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but caused no casualties.

          Saudi Arabia confirmed that two Saudi oil tankers sustained "significant damage".

          Another vessel was Norwegian-registered, whilst the fourth was reportedly UAE-flagged.

          Iran, which borders the strait, has called for a full investigation.

          Tensions are high in the region. About a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes through the area.

          Last month, Iran threatened to "close" the Strait of Hormuz if it was prevented from using the waterway.

          This followed a US decision to end exemptions from sanctions for major importers of Iranian oil.

          The US has deployed warships to the region in recent days to counter what it called "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces and maritime traffic. Iran dismissed that allegation as nonsense.

          A US military official told the BBC that, at the UAE's request, America had send "a team of experienced investigators" to help determine the cause of the damage.

          US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unplanned visit to Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran with European foreign ministers.

          https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48245204

          Iran claims it was a Israeli op, but I think almost all of us know who the black hats are. What say you?
          Iran is looking for a "legitimate" excuse to close the Gulf as a power move, so manufacturing a series of incidents which can be conveniently blamed in Israel is their usual approach.

          If Israel were behind it, those four ships would be on the bottom of the Gulf right now.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

            Iran is looking for a "legitimate" excuse to close the Gulf as a power move, so manufacturing a series of incidents which can be conveniently blamed in Israel is their usual approach.

            If Israel were behind it, those four ships would be on the bottom of the Gulf right now.
            Bizarre to accuse Israel. Why would they do it. Is standard anti Semitic conspiracy theory, not surprising that it is propagated by the Iranians.

            We should send the Big Liz to join the Abraham Lincoln.
            "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Surrey View Post

              Bizarre to accuse Israel. Why would they do it. Is standard anti Semitic conspiracy theory, not surprising that it is propagated by the Iranians.

              .
              Well if they wanted to prod the US to sort out the Iranians it might be a crafty false flag operation. Normally one would pooh pooh the idea out of hand but with the guy who is currently in charge - who knows?
              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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              • #8
                As a friend of mine noted, the culprits should have used a bone saw on the freighters. That way the White House would have ignored the attack thinking it was a Saudi hit team...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Surrey View Post

                  Bizarre to accuse Israel. Why would they do it. Is standard anti Semitic conspiracy theory, not surprising that it is propagated by the Iranians.

                  We should send the Big Liz to join the Abraham Lincoln.
                  USS Liberty??

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                  • #10
                    Nah - he's a Brit. I think he meant HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, truly a 'big lizzie'!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MarkV View Post

                      Well if they wanted to prod the US to sort out the Iranians it might be a crafty false flag operation. Normally one would pooh pooh the idea out of hand but with the guy who is currently in charge - who knows?
                      Evidence please or are you just showing your own prejudice?

                      "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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                      • #12
                        Two tankers attacked in the gulf of Oman, one on fire.
                        "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                        Ernest Hemingway.

                        In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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                        • #13
                          The Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said it received two separate distress signals at 6:12 a.m. and about 7:00 a.m. local time. “U.S. Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance,” Commander Josh Frey, a spokesman, said. He couldn’t confirm reports that one of the vessels was struck by a torpedo. Iran said it has rescued 44 sailors.
                          ??

                          https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...y-starts-probe
                          High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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                          • #14
                            Iran rescue boat has picked up all of the crew.
                            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                            Ernest Hemingway.

                            In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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                            • #15
                              Dead center - 48 min. to line up the second attack - certainly looks like a torpedo attack if it isn't..

                              Belgian popular press is running with it any rate :

                              https://www.hln.be/nieuws/buitenland...kers~aa7766db/

                              https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/06...ijk-geraakt-d/

                              Edit, this seems the original source :

                              Oil tanker Front Altair was carrying 75,000 tonnes of naphtha, a petrochemical feedstock, when it was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo” around noon Taiwan time (0400GMT), Wu I-Fang, CEO of CPC’s petrochemical division, told Reuters.
                              https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mi...-idUKKCN1TE19G
                              Last edited by Snowygerry; 13 Jun 19, 08:27.
                              High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.

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