Four oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian — off the coast of the Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, suffered on Sunday what the UAE Foreign Ministry called “sabotage operations.” The explosion blew a five-to-10 foot hole in each ship near or just below the water line, a US military team told AP Monday.

“Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies” are believed to be behind the attack, according to US officials.

Fujairah is Abu Dhabi’s only major port on the Arabian Sea. In the event of war, Tehran has already threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, immediately strangling 20% of world seaborne oil trade, making Fujairah of great strategic importance.

While the explosions weakened the structures of the four vessels, none suffered any injuries or deaths and no oil was leaked from the ships, Sputnik noted.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi earlier on Monday called the incident “worrisome and dreadful,” adamantly denying Tehran’s involvement.

“Such incidents have a negative impact on maritime transportation security,” Mousavi said, decrying the incident whether it was “orchestrated by ill-wishers” or “adventurism by foreigners.”

The US has deployed extensive military forces to the region in recent days, with nuclear-capable B-52 bombers arriving in Qatar and the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sailing into the region as well. Last month, US President Donald Trump declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist entity, claiming the group was responsible for US servicemember deaths in Syria and Iraq.

In early August 1964, a similar incident occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of North Vietnam. Amid another massive US military buildup off the coast of a country Washington was threatening with military action, reports of attacks on US ships by North Vietnamese gunboats led to the US Congress authorizing the use of military force against Hanoi in response to the provocations.

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However, it was later revealed that no such attack ever happened. A US National Security Agency internal memo declassified in 2005 revealed that no North Vietnamese ships were present at that time.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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SDF shot a SAA oil transfer barge, gas barge in US bay hit by boat hours later.
Iranian tanker catches fire a few months ago, US pursues war rhetoric, Saudi tankers
get hull jobs. What comes around goes around. Better watch what ya do! I also remember Jews threatened Iraninan shipping and then a bunch of “pirates” attacked
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Ilya Ilyayev

This looks like a staged event by US liars and Zionist warmongers. The damage to the tankers looks very amateurish and no professional military would have left them with minor damage and not sink them.

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Or it’s a message to understand as ” I Qassem Soleimani, man of destiny, can bomb your tankers at will, beware, it was just a warning”

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Ah, you think the Navy Seals are amateurs? Nope, botched job, especially with explosives, always carries the signature of IRGC! When Iran wants efficient bombing, they call Hezbollah…

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I’m willing to place bets Israel was involved in these bombings to instigate a war with Iran. False flag incident meant to make it look like Iran to justify an attack in Iran. As if Iran would do such a stupid thing when it’s obvious Israel and the US are the ones who have wanted to destroy Iran. 7 countries in 5 years was the war cry from Wesley Clarkes speech back in 2007. Some of us haven’t forgotten Iraq’s WMDS Mr Colin POWELL, What a lie that turned out to be. Sorry, fool me once shame on you fool… Read more »

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Since you wear a niqab… Your words only worth half the parole of a man. These are the words of your allah!

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Nevertheless, it was absolutely DUMB to attack Iraq, and same for Libya.
US should have invaded Iran instead!

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In fact, they should already have invaded in 1979! How could Carter have accepted the storming of the US diplomatic mission and the personnel being held as hostages for 444 days!
In his place, I’d have sent 10 aircraft carriers and demolished the regime immediately. Had they killed the hostages? Don’t give a fück! It’ll infuriate the public opinion which will be happy if a city is carpet-bombed with napalm for every hostage murdered.
Carter was a moron -and still is-, period.

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In all fairness, US and its Zionist masters are escalating conflict in the Persian Gulf and Middle East in general and this could very well be a false flag to blame Iran and turn it into a casus belli. US has a history of fabrications going back to the staged Gulf of Tonkin incident to expand the Vietnam war, and then more lies with Iraqi supposed WMD and the list goes. US is a danger to the world.

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Except that USA don’t need a false flag to strike Iran AT WILL, and so doesn’t Israel : they have truckloads of casus belli! BTW, “US and its Zionist masters”, let us all laugh! Have you ever seen a master poorer and with inferior GDP per capita than its subordinate? One really must be an imbecile to think USA pursues any other interests than its own! In fact, it’s Israel that serves US interests, and they do it perfectly! The assertion of a false flag at US or Israeli level is simply DUMB : you do a false flag when… Read more »

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blamers without proof are the actual culprits – ameritard and satanyahoo govts

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313 : 3+1+3=7 Gates of h**l. The al-Lah of Mecca is Hubal the Moon-God, That’s why you have Moon crescents every where. The star represents the Venus planet, called ‘the bringer of light’ by Romans… In Latin : Luxi-Fer = Lucifer… Hubal is also known as Ba’al… The Ba’al cult being very into human sacrifices, before being reformed by Muhammad, the sacrifice places were infested by flies, so many called this “god” Baal-Zebub, the “lord of flies” to mock the cult… From this came the name of Beelzebub, prince of Hëll, general in chief of Satan’s armies! “When religion and… Read more »

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Wrong about the Tonkin, in fact, analysis revealed that the ship was shot at the day before it was thought! But sailors didn’t really reacted while, the next day, there were only warning shots not hitting, but they noticed the impacts left the day before as they simply had dismissed… It was small calibre machinegun fire (7.62mm) and just a few bullets had hit the hull… But… A single one is already a casus belli!