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Smoking Gun? False Flag? U.S. Releases Video Allegedly Showing Iran’s Mine On Tanker Hull

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Just hours after remarks blaiming Iran for the recent incident in the Gulf of Oman by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Central Command issued a statement claiming that it has evidence confirming these accusations. The statement claimed that Iranian forces were spotted removing “a probable unexploded limpet mine” from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.

The video released by Central Command shows a boat coming up to the side of the tanker. An individual stands up on the bow of the boat and removes some object from the tanker’s hull. The US says that the object is likely an unexploded mine.

The full text of Central Command statement:

“U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.

Both vessels were in international waters in the Gulf of Oman approximately 10 nautical miles apart at the time of the distress calls. USS Bainbridge was approximately 40 nautical miles away from the M/T Altair at the time of the attack, and immediately began closing the distance.

At 8:09 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observed an IRGC Hendijan class patrol boat and multiple IRGC fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft (FAC/FIAC) in the vicinity of the M/T Altair.

At 9:12 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observes the FAC/FIAC pull a raft from the M/T Altair from the water.

At 9:26 a.m. local time the Iranians requested that the motor vessel Hyundai Dubai, which had rescued the sailors from the M/T Altair, to turn the crew over to the Iranian FIACs. The motor vessel Hyundai Dubai complied with the request and transferred the crew of the M/T Altair to the Iranian FIACs.

At 11:05 a.m. local time USS Bainbridge approaches the Dutch tug Coastal Ace, which had rescued the crew of twenty-one sailors from the M/T Kokuka Courageous who had abandoned their ship after discovering a probable unexploded limpet mine on their hull following an initial explosion.

While the Hendijan patrol boat appeared to attempt to get to the tug Coastal Ace before USS Bainbridge, the mariners were rescued by USS Bainbridge at the request of the master of the M/T Kokuka Courageous. The rescued sailors are currently aboard USS Bainbridge.

At 4:10 p.m. local time an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.

The U.S. and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests.  Today’s attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.

The U.S. and the international community, stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation.

The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.

– attributable to Capt. Bill Urban, Lead Spokesman for U.S. Central Command”

Smoking Gun? False Flag? U.S. Releases Video Allegedly Showing Iran's Mine On Tanker Hull

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Smoking Gun? False Flag? U.S. Releases Video Allegedly Showing Iran's Mine On Tanker Hull

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While the statement seems to be pretty anti-Iranian, in fact, the US appears to be have no evidence to confirm that the supposed “mine” was Iranian. Bloomberg:

Senior administration officials said that at least one of the ships was attacked by mines. In a briefing with reporters, they showed a photo of a tanker, the Courageous, with a hole in its side caused by a mine that exploded, they said, and an undetonated mine lodged inside.

The officials said they didn’t know for sure whether the mines were Iranian. The U.S. concluded that Iran was responsible for the attacks based on intelligence sources and the absence of any better explanation, the officials said. They declined to elaborate on the intelligence sources.

On June 14, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Washington should stop playing a blame game through “suspicious” attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East, describing the US behavior as “worrying”.

The suspicious nature of incidents for oil tankers is not a joke. It is not only not funny, but it is also worrying and alarming,” Mousavi said in a statement.

The US and its allies have just got a fresh formal pretext for further economic and maybe even military agression against Iran. Who may have been interested in this?

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  • Quenten Bruce

    Interesting and curious. Who and why?

    • Normal Person

      I believe we’ll find out next week, but there is going to be a new event to talk about and if this was a failed attempt of a provocation. Most of the people will not follow up on the news and the only thing they’ll remember is going to be “The Iranian Sabotage”, even if proof shows that the mine has a Western or Western ally footprint. So much disinformation is throw at the populous that in a few years they won’t be able of differ between what’s real and what’s not.

      • Concrete Mike

        In a few year??

        This has been going on since 2000 at least! Maybe longer but im too young, cant confirm.

        Same crap led to the Iraq war. The empire makes its own reality, similar to the Matrix!

        • FlorianGeyer

          Its been going on for a lot longer, Mike.
          I am old enough to recall the destruction of Rhodesia and other parts of Africa that were ‘gifted’ to brutal warlords who continue to persecute their populations to this day.

  • klove and light

    israeli commando……under the eyes and protection of u.s. navy

    • Turbofan

      No.. Israel doesnt really care about human life..These attackers made sure the crew wouldnt get hurt..

  • Brother Thomas

    Please! One has to be both amnesic and an idiot not to see this for the poorly executed, obvious false flag that it is.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      THERE WILL FOLLOW MORE FALSE FLAGS SOON……
      I DECLARE THE FALSE-FLAG-SEASON OPENED

      • Jens Holm

        You dont need so show Your behind again and again. But of course some might feel tempted under their bed blankets.

        • Hasbara Hunter

          Listen Hasbarat: The Truth is Very VERY SIMPLE…..and as long as these Treacherous Parasitic Elitist Cockroaches continue to try to make us Believe their Lies….I will continue to KICK THEM & EVERYONE THAT BELONGS TO THEM IN THE NUTS…..DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BOY??!!

        • bla

          jens the hasbara jew over here, yet again. Just join the circus, you just provoke everyone to laugh over here.

    • BMWA1

      Doubting Thomas! :)

      • Wanklord

        Boat used by the IRGC Navy as seen on CENTCOM video:
        https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8_6tssVAAAYx4j.jpg

        • zman

          I’m not at all convinced of that. Look at the purposely grainy video and stop it at the front of the boat where the arrow shaped ridges are supposed to be. In the video, they are straight and much narrower. Even though the video is very grainy, even the lines down the side of the craft are not there and the front center hull looks as though it extends down into the water. I don’t see a windscreen in the video either. Not so on the pix you show. This might be an Iranian boat (a different model than you show), but if the Iranians deny it’s theirs, I will believe them.

  • Lazy Gamer

    Iran should show the mine. Determine the trigger mechanism. Check the waves if it was triggered remotely. The real smoking gun is if the mine had actually exploded as soon as the iranians tried to remove it. lol We would have seen spin like Iranians caught in the act. But there’s also the possibility that the Iranians might be covering their tracks.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Iran has survived US sanctions for many decades now, and in my opinion it demonstrates that the Iranian leadership in all spheres are NOT fools.

      The US/Israel are desperate for a Cassus Belli , and in desperation people do very stupid things.

    • Sinbad2

      Except there was no mine.
      First the US said it was a torpedo, when people questioned why the damage was so minor, and above the waterline they changed the story to a mine.
      They are just children making up and changing the story at every new press conference.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Its ok ,Sinbad. YouTube, Twitter, Fakebook et al will only let the Truth be published :)

  • Normal Person

    Shinzo Abe (American strategic ally) is in Tehran meeting with their leader to talk peace? In reality Japan just want to find a way to go around sanctions to be able to import Iranian crude. By coincidence one of the ships appeared to be of Japanese origin. The blast holes are symmetric, the distant between each hole shows a professional installation rather than something made by proxies. The sabotage was not meant to sink the ship, this shows concern for the ones onboard. In the last “sabotage” users in social media reported American and France fighter jets flying above the tankers at the time of the detonations. Iran’s military are not tribal apes, is a military force just like any, that being said, Is that how you approach an explosive device? USA says they rescued the crew, Iran’s media shows the crew safe and sound after being rescued. Who has more to gain from this? Where is the ship’s manifesto?

    • verner

      trump is trying to get Iran to the table to discuss and Abe is there to facilitate such meeting. it won’t work and trump won’t be able to brag of what a splendid deal maker he is and it will be fail againg, think north korea, think venezuela think a whole lot of places where the morons have been served egg on the face.

    • Normal Person

      Such a fast dispatch of a USS Mason, it is almost like the knew beforehand.

      • All planned !

      • BMWA1

        But that would be….dishonest!?!

      • FlorianGeyer

        Its aparrent that the US has ‘ Divine Intelligence from the Underworld. ‘

    • You can call me Al

      Both ships were picking up oil I believe to deliver to japan – another consequence ?, maybe a threat to Japan itself against as you say, having Iranian oil deliveries.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What happened is a pure US tradition since the US warmongers exist

    220 wars years out of 229 existence years !

    “THE ART OF WAR”

    From 1945 until today – 20 to 30 million people killed by the USA

    The USA “Genocides” Culture is awful

    by Manlio Dinucci

    It’s a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion – the « free and open international order» promoted since 1945 by the United States has cost the lives of 20 to 30 million people throughout the world. No President, whoever he may be, has managed to slow the rhythm of this killing machine.
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article204021.html

  • kraaiiii

    Limpet mine, especially mill tech ones do not fail, clearly one was left behind for evidence, both mines where also placed where the damage was minimum.

    This is just one big false flag show

  • V. Mecki

    why U.S. videos are always so blurred and out of focus? I have a simple Super8 camera that takes better images. I am disposed to donate it.

  • The video is so poor in quality, it tells us nothing.

    A mini-ship of that nature might well have been built by America or Israel as a prop to be used for future efforts.

    And we’ve no more reason to believe the blurry figures are Iranians than US Marines of IDF.

    • Concrete Mike

      Well said “J”.

      ISIS navy maybe?

      • Jens Holm

        It look like explosives only. It might be possible for ISIS.

        • Sinbad2

          The people on one of the ships, witnesses, say they were hit by flying objects.
          But you assert that they were hit by explosives, explosives that can’t do much damage.
          Your lies are so obvious.

          • Jens Holm

            Why should I lie.

            Well of course because You already has decided, who did it and I am the next President of United States.

            An UFO from Oman…Why not.

            Is it evben allowed to say, thats no torpedo.

    • Hasbara Hunter
      • Redadmiral

        The Gulf of Tonkin, 55 years ago. Now this pathetic effort….

    • Jens Holm

      Its a pilot boat or a small tug – IDDIOT.

      A tug named Ace is even mentioned, but dont ring a bell, where You are.

      • Sinbad2

        A tug with outboard motors?

        You get crazier every day.

        • Jens Holm

          Pilot. No warship.

          • Sinbad2

            Pilot boats are required to operate in all weather conditions, the pleasure craft in the video supplied by the USA is a fair weather boat.
            It’s no pilot boat moron.

          • Jens Holm

            A stone cant fly and my grandmother cant fly, therefore my grandmother is a stone :)

  • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

    US was saying in UK MSM that Iran had torpedoed it.. they cant even get their lies straight

    • Normal Person

      Yes that’s the first thing I heard, the first thing that came to my mind was “And how is it still floating?”

      • You can call me Al

        As far as I know, there are two ships; allegedly, one was torpedoed, one was mined…. now try and figure that out.

        • Vince Dhimos

          The Isareli navy has subs and torpedoes, And a motive. In March, Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror published an op-ed
          (://www.tv7israelnews.com/the-logic-of-israels-actions-to-contain-iran-in-syria-and/)

          “Israel is absolutely determined and prepared to act forcefully against Iran, which could lead to a full-scale war. Israel must win this struggle against Iran, one way or another.”

          AND (here’s your motive!)

          Israel must enlist a reluctant US to take an active part in operations alongside it, and not only as a supportive observer from the sidelines.

          http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/military-affairs/israel-just-admitted-it-wants-to-drag-the-us-into-war-with-iran

          • Concrete Mike

            Thank you.Vince!!

            The brazeness and openess of israel in regards to this is obvious to all who look.

            Sadly we are a blind society being led to slaughter.

          • FlorianGeyer

            ” When any government, or any church for that matter,undertakes to say to its subjects ‘ This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, ‘ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. ” Robert A. Heinlein.

          • Vince Dhimos

            It is not just blindness, Mike. It is religious blindness, the most dangerous of all.
            http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/popular-us-religious-cult-defiles-the-holy-land

          • You can call me Al

            Thanks Vince.

            I did read that article of yours, but again you had that different comments section. Good article, thank for commenting here again.

            As a total side issue, have you seen this – https://sputniknews.com/business/201906141075867449-eu-russia-reportedly-agree-ditch-dollar-bilateral-transactions/

          • Vince Dhimos

            Thanks for that Sputnik tip, Al. The main problem with the phony US conclusion is that the crew are saying there were flying objects coming toward the ship, and mines don’t fly.

    • FlorianGeyer

      They were ‘ Flying gefilte fish torpedoes ‘ I suppose. :)

  • Gezzah Potts

    A six year old could tell you who was responsible. Who are the ones absolutely gagging for a war with Iran in the last 30 odd years plus? Yet again another false flag staged by the Anglo Zionist Empire. They must think we’re complete morons.

    • FlorianGeyer

      They do :)

  • verner

    no torpedo -most likely a set up by the shipowners association to improve freight rates from the persian gulf and the red sea and extended voyage time having to go around africa at much higher rates, risk rates. a win win for shipping and the americans and not to mention the ever evil squatters, soon to be eliminated the hard and brutal way.

  • iosongasingsing

    Like Us liberty, all Israel shit.

  • kraaiiii

    off the footage of removing the mine you can clearly see the waterline indication in white letters, picture taken by DDG 96 in daylight they are gone. Everything around the mine is blurred somehow

    • FlorianGeyer

      A Junior was tasked by CNN to manufacture the ‘facts’ again.

  • opet ja

    Video is so low in quality, can not see much. But, naval mines are at least 200kg heavy, without proper equipment they can not be moved to the boat’s deck. The other reason why not is that mine can explode if operated without expert’s care. Imagine yourself pulling it around, it has 80+kg of explosive inside.

    • Kell McBanned

      Some limpet types have shaped charges incorperated like an RPG some missile warheads also.
      Some reports are suggesting it was a drone attack which would explain why the holes are above the water line instead of under.
      The photo is of damage to Greenpeaces Rainbow Warrior after a limpet mine attack by the French in a New Zealand harbour.
      Edit – cant seem to upload photos now –

  • You can call me Al

    If you remember the last two ships that were damaged, last week (?), even Saudi Arabia stated it was an internal group, they never once inferred Iran.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Put the fires out quickly then, didn’t they?
    Did they, (the fire and flames) extinguish themselves?

  • Romeo Pesiao

    Iranian military announced before that the Strait of Hormuz and neighboring waters are under their control, now who is responsible for the laying of mines, if they controlled the specific body of waters??? The state who control this water is responsible for the safety of the tankers navigating therein..

    • Dick Von Dast’Ard

      What mines?

    • Concrete Mike

      Just like ukrainians had respnsibility for mh370.

      Didt stop ukraine from shooting the plane and blame the russians.

      Iran needs trade to survive, the last thing it will do is.mine the gulf of.Oman.

      Your argument is a straw man.

      • Toronto Tonto

        MH17 dumbazz 370 went in the drink and still not found .
        Russia shot down MH17 and its been proven , call the dutch they have your proof .

        • Selbstdenker

          Well, reading and understanding is not your strength, I assume? You should read about the investigation, the falsifications and the somehow weird conclusions of the Dutch investigation, before you state such nonsense.
          A good start would be this, if you are open minded enough: https://www.corbettreport.com/what-really-happened-to-mh17-an-open-source-investigation/

        • Concrete Mike

          Whatever shithead, you lie for a living, i missed aplane number big fucken wow.

          You should be partying if your from Toronto!

          Go fuck yourself fake canadian!

      • FlorianGeyer

        My Scarecrow has a better answer than ‘Romeo Pissio ‘ , Mike.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Do you know, you smoking stupid pig how heavy is anty ship mine? 2, 3 kilos? No, but 200 kg, you punk.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Its not like that in the US movies :)

  • FlorianGeyer

    mmmm, One of the tankers is owned by a European businessman ( Danish I think ) who has for many years transported Iranian oil, and the other tanker is a Japanese owned ship. The Prime Minister of Japan was actually IN Iran discussing trade deals with the Iranian government when this ship was attacked.

    Few here will believe that the Iranians are so silly as to be responsible for these attacks.

    Pompous Pompeo however has within a few hours nailed the culprit. No investigation with Loads of Malice of Forethought.

    • S Melanson

      ‘Likely’ is apparently PROOF – you know, proof as in beyond a reasonable doubt.

      For your amusement:

      CNN interviewing CIA MK-Ultra parrot-slave John Kirby and apologist for all that is evil Max Boot

      CNN Reporter: Do you think Iran is Responsible?

      Kirby: Absolutely, we have evidence that is likely beyond a reasonable doubt that proves Iran is responsible.

      CNN Reporter tries to express surprise (FAIL): Really! Iran did it!!

      At this point Max Boot interrupts: Why is Russia left out of this conversation? The despicable attack is so evil that Russia has to be involved… are you a Putin apologist!!!?

      Kirby interrupts: Max, Max, Max, I understand your enthusiasm to blame Russia but you didn’t give me enough time to accuse Russia of training the Republican Guard terrorists for the mission. Without any need for evidence, I was going to throw the accusation out there as the next thing I would say

      Max Boot, with a sheepish grin: Oh John, you are so right, it is just that I imagined it would be in your first statement but that might confuse the CNN reporter so…

      The CNN Reporter is completely confused as the discussion has no resemblance to the tripe shown on the teleprompter and just as the reporter suffers a panic attack, CNN takes the interview off the air.

      Another example of outstanding journalism at CNN

      • Concrete Mike

        Haha Max Boot, what an absolute fuckhead.

        To me the burden of proof has eroded in a projectionned joke!

      • FlorianGeyer

        As an aside , but linked I think.
        I have noticed that in recent years that the politically correct intuitive intelligence levels of Western special forces ( and to a lesser level ALL military and police recruits) recruits with the required emotional IQ have replaced the latter year ‘calculating’ abilities of recruits to perform special forces tasks.

        The results being that today with satellite communications etc, they are often micro managed in the field by career ‘warriors’ ( political and military) from their comfy offices, who have little original thought and never have had.

        Past special forces had the type of ‘thought processes’ that only people who have a rare form of acumen and mental agility can achieve.

  • Philip N

    Like any good detective story one needs to examine the motivation of potential suspects. The Saudi regime has most to gain and as we know with the killing of Kashoggi they are not above doing dirty deeds.

    • FlorianGeyer

      War against Iran with the lives of US troops is a wet Dream of Zionists in Israel as well :)

  • S Melanson

    ‘Likely’ is apparently PROOF – you know, proof as in beyond a reasonable doubt.

    CNN interviewing CIA MK-Ultra parrot-slave John Kirby and apologist for all that is evil Max Boot

    CNN Reporter: Do you think Iran is Responsible?

    Kirby: Absolutely, we have evidence that is likely beyond a reasonable doubt that proves Iran is responsible.

    CNN Reporter tries to express surprise (FAIL): Really! Iran did it!!

    At this point Max Boot interrupts: Why is Russia left out of this conversation? The despicable attack is so evil that Russia has to be involved… are you a Putin apologist!!!?

    Kirby interrupts: Max, Max, Max, I understand your enthusiasm to blame Russia but you didn’t give me enough time to accuse Russia of training the Republican Guard terrorists for the mission. Without any need for evidence, I was going to throw the accusation out there as the next thing I would say

    Max Boot, with a sheepish grin: Oh John, you are so right, it is just that I imagined it would be in your first statement but that might confuse the CNN reporter so…

    The CNN Reporter is completely confused as the discussion has no resemblance to the tripe shown on the teleprompter and just as the reporter suffers a panic attack, CNN takes the interview off the air.

    Another example of outstanding journalism at CNN

  • Jim Bim

    Pompus blurry video “evidence” is even more laughable than Colin Powell at the UN, prior to the Iraq invasion.

  • chris chuba

    Why is the video of such poor quality, the U.S. military can’t compete with cell phones?

    • FlorianGeyer

      The US Navy needs to upgrade to Huawei equipment I think. Its far better than the US made junk. Less money to buy as well :)

  • Selbstdenker

    what a nice coincidence that these ships were only 40 nautical miles from the US destroyer. That sounds like too much luck in everything, especially when the US guys are also able to get video footage of the removel of unexploded ordonance. Let’s wait until Iran will show, what they removed from the ship.

  • Vince Dhimos

    Iran is very environmentally conscious. You can see this by reading Tehran Times for a few months. They would NEVER do anything that could cause a possible oil spill this close to their home country. But anyway, why would someone just HAPPEN to take a video of this unless they knew this was going to happen. Unless it was staged. BTW, why do this in broad daylight? Pretty amateurish false flag.

  • Toronto Tonto

    Iran or Russia did it , or both they are buds .

  • This is all part of the Work the CIA and Mossad are known for, causing destruction around the world and blaming others so they can convinced brain dead Americans and their puppet followers, like Canada to join them in war actions to control a country and their oil resources, don’t be brain dead in believing that Iraq would be doing this against its own interest. Its all TERRORISM against Iraq and others that the US wants to control.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Did you mean to say Iran rather than Iraq?

      • Yes, I corrected it after reading it again, to quick to post it, Tks for pointing it out to me.

  • Joe Kerr

    Limpet mines placed above the water line? Note the grainy video shows no evidence of U.S. claims, in fact just the opposite as the tanker shown is different to that in the coloured photo.

  • Sinbad2

    The Japanese Tanker Owner Denies Ship Hit By Mine, Says Crew Saw “Flying Objects” Before Attack.

    Just more American lies.
    https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/imce-images/colin-powell-makes-his-pr-007.jpg

    • Jens Holm

      Thats no lie, IDDIOT. They dont know where the UFO should come from, if its true. How many miles from Oman or Iran. Who has that kind of RPGs in fast small boats.

      • Tommy Jensen

        Drones could fire a missile.

        • Jens Holm

          Yes drones could, but would radars not detect them. I am sure many has good radars there.

          Its my oppinion about it.

          • Sinbad2

            So why do the Americans lie and say it was a mine.
            Why would they lie if they had nothing to hide?

  • omrizkiblog

    Yankeestan is laughable… I’m waiting for another false flag, but a bit more advanced than this one. They got 911, They got Libya, they got isis before, now we’re gonna see what would they do with Iran… Must be something including nuke… Scary as hell to imagine… ☕

    • FlorianGeyer

      ” I’m waiting for another false flag ”

      Never fear, the UK MI6 specialist False Flag Team is on the case. The Scripal and Douma chemical attack ‘playbook’ was exceptional , even for MI6 :)

    • Sinbad2

      Yes they are so obviously fake, is this the best BS the US is capable of?

      • zman

        They only have to convince those smart (?) enough to watch Fox and CNN.

  • friendly anon

    So they just stand there looking at the helicopter that films them. Making no attempt to hide, run of fight back, but they are hiding evidence?

    • Sinbad2

      One of the American saboteurs left his passport at the scene of the crime :)

  • TG

    Who places a limpet 3+ metres above a waterline? To what end? To get a good photo?
    It reeks of a falseflag.

    • Jens Holm

      Not impossible, but a big smoke and firescreen.

      • Sinbad2

        Maybe planted by dolphins leaping out of the water?

        • zman

          The animal dolphin or the Israeli Dolphin? Maybe an Israeli leaping from a Dolphin?

          • Sinbad2

            Or a dolphin eating an Israeli?

          • zman

            Made in Germany. What irony.

  • chris chuba

    Does anyone actually see a mine? I just see guys on a boat. The IRGC said they approached the boat to perform a rescue.

  • Sinbad2

    The ship was heading out of the Persian Gulf, and was hit on the starboard side, that’s the side facing Oman.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Once again everything unraveling (fast) and pointing towards the accuser being the perpetrator.

    Tankers were more likely hit by ASM’s fired from a drone or fixed-wing aircraft.

  • Sinbad2

    Iranian weapons are really bad, their mines have the explosive power of fireworks.
    The US obviously knows that the Iranian weapons are no threat to shipping, so why are they too scared to send a carrier into the Gulf?

    The American BS is worse than a C grade movie script, there is no continuity.
    You know their empire is doomed, because they are ruled by monkeys with hammers.

    • Dick Von Dast’Ard

      The obvious answer is they aren’t afraid, but where the fleet is sitting allows them to keep away from scrutiny, away from IRGC ‘swarm’ harassment and in control of the Gulf of Oman.
      They control what enters and what leaves the Persian Gulf.

      • Sinbad2

        Oh yes they are afraid, they have virtually abandoned the 5th fleet HQ in Bahrain.
        The day Russia fired Kalibr missiles from the Caspian sea into Syria they ran like rabbits, and haven’t been back since.

        • Dick Von Dast’Ard

          Don’t forget Iran also fired long-range missiles into Syria too. (against ISIS)
          Which is where U.S. coalition forces just happened to be in the vicinity of.

          • Sinbad2

            Yes, but that was later.
            You would have to be a sailor to understand how unusual it is for a whole fleet to put to sea with zero days notice. Usually it is planned months in advance, there are a lot of logistics involved. This was pure panic, not even time to take on food or fuel.

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            I’m not aware of the facility evacuation…
            Have you anymore sources and links to the claim?
            Not disbelieving you, but would like to read more about this.

          • Sinbad2

            No it was 4 years ago, don’t you read the news?

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Still like the links. (supporting evidence)

          • Sinbad2

            Well use Google.

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Tried, no information.

          • Sinbad2

            Probably scrubbed, like the Boston bombing stuff.
            The 5th Fleet HQ is/was Bahrain, but the fact that now only small disposable ships visit their home port says all that needs to be said. Usually the Flag ship and Admiral would be berthed there when not on patrol.

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Where is the 5th Fleet Flag ship home port berthing now?

          • Sinbad2

            It’s still Bahrain, they just don’t go there anymore, they loiter around in the Arabian sea.
            There is talk of them moving the HQ, for political reasons?
            But where else can they go, and who would pay for it?
            Only the Gulf monarchies in that area can afford to build that kind of base.

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Isn’t the Fifth Fleet just merged with the Sixth Fleet for cost reasons?

          • Sinbad2

            Not as far as I have heard, and stationing your ships in Italy to patrol the Persian Gulf does not seem very practical.

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Well they sort of transit through Suez (via Red Sea) and go round don’t they?
            Perhaps the deficits are starting to show through the shrinking and merging of Fleets?

          • Sinbad2

            Well the Admiral still has his office in Bahrain?

          • Dick Von Dast’Ard

            Like you said a shrinking office.
            Anyway good conversing with you…
            Good day.

          • verner

            will be risky for any ships to transfer through the gulf of aden since the houthis most certainly can make any such transfer hazardous. and saudi oil through yanbu, should persian gulf shipments be stopped, is equally hazardous, except smaller volumes through the suez going north (suez max about 140000mt deadweight) so the saudis are sort of in a bind, like it or not,

        • verner

          the russians put every country in the middle east to be careful since their caspian sea missiles can reach most places in the middle east. so that was a warning to take ad notam and that include the squatters and saudi.

  • R PLobo

    Even Fox news is not wasting time with this zionazis children’s story. Already replaced by LA homeless and wild cat prowling headlines on the Fox website.
    It is very telling when the propaganda is so lame that it cannot even hold the news cycle for more than one day.

  • Dawn

    “and the absence of any better explanation” – how low is western propaganda going to get??? FFS… In normal and functional country official would get fired immediately for such a statement!

  • Dawn

    Dont know much about mines, but i was pretty sure that they float underwater and their purpose is to sink ships (like blowing below water line) … So what a f**k is this shit??

  • zman

    This event is already mentioned on wikipedia…as well as the previous incident (both are blamed on Iran) in their article on limpet mines. How efficient.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    why would iran ever want to do this? what benefit would it be for them?

    • zman

      They would finally get the US and it’s war monger allies to attack then. They just can’t wait for the US and Israel to attack…sarc. Truthfully, everyone knew this or something like it was coming. Boobton and Pompass have been champing at the bit to please Bibi. I bet the Japanese just love being thrown right in the middle of it all. Trump will probably come out and chide them for their audacity to even think of talking to Iran. I wonder how EU is going to respond to this crappola? Are they gonna suck it up (call for calm) or suck it off (no explanation needed)?

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        hopefully this will make japan reconsider their ties with the west

  • zman

    So the US forces saw a mine attached to this ship, but elected to leave it there in the hope that Iran would come and collect it? FMTT. Tell us any F’ing thing …we’ll believe it all. What a load of horseshit. Have they found any Iranian passports yet?

  • Kell McBanned

    UAE has swimmer delivery subs designed to place limpet mines.

    if they wanted to sink them they would place them below water line but if you want a burning ship for TV cameras to justify a war then I suppose you would place them above the water line.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70e9997a9dbc94132907ae429901f2e34c45f6e987ca43ffb38cf1bbaf3c2e51.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b907de218be1c08a33c359e0707bf03653dc43e11eb091600356c9b0e5aff98e.png

    • Sinbad2

      Stop with the disinformation campaign.
      It has already been established that the ship was hit by aerial projectiles.

      • PZIVJ

        Interesting to note that both ships suffered damage on the starboard side.
        So if it was aerial projectiles, it would come from the side opposite of the Iranian coast.

        • Sinbad2

          Exactly, but facts don’t matter in America.
          The Americans were the last western nation to hold witch trials, and lynch mobs are part of American culture.
          Whenever they fukup they blame the Jew the nigger the greaser or the chink.

  • AM Hants

    Why does this remind me of a type of False Flag, similar to USS Liberty? Now what was that all about, besides trying to put the blame on Egypt, courtesy of a neighbouring nation.

    Meanwhile, didn’t General David Patraeus, use to head the CIA, but, something seriously dodgy happened?

    ‘… On November 9, 2012, Petraeus resigned as Director of the CIA after admitting having a sexual relationship with his biographer. On April 23, 2015, Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials. He was given a two-year probationary period and a fine of $100,000…’

    Look at what how they rewarded him:

    Operation “Timber Sycamore” continues… Operation “Timber Sycamore”, initiated by President Barack Obama was privatized a little before the election of President Donald Trump. It is now coordinated by the investment fund KKR (established by Henry Kravis and whose military activities are led by the former head of the CIA, General David Petraeus).

    “Timber Sycamore” is the most important arms trafficking operation in History. It involves at least 17 governments. The transfer of weapons, meant for jihadist organizations, is carried out by Silk Way Airlines, a Azerbaïdjan public company of cargo planes.

    In the week 27 November – 2 December 2018, eight of this company’s cargo planes landed at Aden (Yemen), Erbil and Bagdad (Iraq), Beirut (Lebanon), Djibouti (Djibouti), Kabul and Bagram (Afghanistan) and Tripoli (Libya). Furthermore, the transport of personnel between Djibouti and Aden was carried out by Taquan Air which was up till now a small US company working exclusively for business trips or tourism in Alaska…’ https://www.voltairenet.org/article204373.html

  • gustavo

    Bush, Blair, Aznar: We have total, effective, convinced evidences of “WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.” Here there are picture, videos, drawings, and satellites images of all of this.

  • gustavo

    Is anybody forgeting that Japaneses saw a missile coming towards their ship ?, and these stupid persons are talking about mines?

  • AM Hants

    Funny, how the operator, who was there at the time, gives a completely different view point.

    Oil Tanker Operator Destroys US Version Blaming Iran for Attack – Reports…https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201906141075878300-Oil-Tanker-Operator-US-Version/

  • Sinbad2

    The reality that this attack was probably carried out on the orders of the United States doesn’t matter.
    The USA and its accomplices have already found Iran guilty, and are now deciding how to punish Iran.
    The same thing is happening to Venezuela and Julian Assange. The USA can make up any lie, and convince the mindless masses that it is true.

    I forget which American politician said it but whoever said “we are an empire now, we create our own reality”

  • Vitex

    Well, those must be pretty poor torpedos. That’s the sort of damage that a limpet mine does

  • Tommy Jensen

    Exactly what I have said also. Its NOT funny and nobody should be walking around like a smiling clown as if it was a joke!

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    The video looks like its from the 50s, no modern camera would put out such garbage quality

  • Sinbad2

    When a US ship shot down IranAir flight 655, the US lied about it for days, coming up with all sorts of BS.

    I’m betting the USS Bainbridge did the shooting, they were right there, but seem to have seen nothing until after the event.

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  • ruca

    Photoshop is so popular.

  • verner

    or it might just have been of shoal of flying fish equipped with small explosive devices that jumped and flew in the water next to Oman, maybe even radio-directed by the ugly and ever scheming iranians or or or.