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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced Thursday that the United States has assessed that Iran is responsible for attacks on two oil tankers earlier that morning in the Gulf of Oman.
“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today,” he said at a State Department briefing.
Pompeo - Assessment - Intelligence - Weapons - Level
Pompeo said the assessment was 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 groups operating in the area have the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”
Pompeo said Thursday’s attack was only “the latest in a series of attacks” by Iran against “American and allied interests.”
April - Iran - Flow - Oil - Strait
He said on April 22, 2019, Iran promised to interrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. “It is now working to execute on that promise,” he said.
The secretary said in early May the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted a “covert deployment of modified dhows capable of launching missiles,” and on May 12, 2019, Iran attacked four commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz.
May - Surrogates - Drones - Pipelines - Saudi
On May 14, 2019, he said Iran-backed surrogates attacked by armed drones struck two strategically important pipelines in Saudi Arabia.
He also listed a rocket landing near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, but did not attribute it specifically to Iran.
Pompeo - May - Car - Bomb - Afghanistan
Pompeo also said on May 31, 2019, a car bomb in Afghanistan wounded four U.S. service members, killed four Afghan civilians, and wounded bystanders. He did not attribute it specifically to Iran either.
Just yesterday, he said, Iranian surrogates fired a missile into Saudi Arabia, striking the arrivals terminal of an international airport and wounding 26 people.
Whole - Attacks
“Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks...
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