U.S. Believes Iran Behind Attack on Two Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 6/13/2019 | Mary Chastain
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On Thursday morning, two oil tankers suffered from attacks in the Gulf of Oman. No one has confirmed what hit the tankers, but early assessments show that the damage looks “consistent with a hit by a torpedo or other projectile.”

CBS News reported one U.S. official said it is “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”

Officials - Tanker - MT - Front - Altair

Officials identified one tanker “as the MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged but Norwegian-owned crude oil tanker carrying naphtha, a petrochemical product, to Japan.” The other belonged to “Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous” and carried methanol.

Iran claimed it helped rescue the sailors, but the U.S. pushed back:

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The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was assisting two tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls. Details of the incident were unclear, but one of the operators made an unconfirmed report that a torpedo had hit its ship, Reuters reported.

“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The Fleet did not blame anyone for the attack.

One - Person - Injuries

Thankfully no one died. Only one person suffered from critical injuries.

One investigator explained that “damage appeared to be consistent with a...
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