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What Is Behind Attacks On Tankers In Persian Gulf Region

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What Is Behind Attacks On Tankers In Persian Gulf Region

Tensions are on the rise around the Persian Gulf after a series of suspicious attacks on oil tankers in the region.

On May 12, a supposed sabotage attack targeted very large crude carrier Amjad, crude tanker Al Marzoqah [both owned by Saudi shipping firm Bahri], UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge A Michel and Norwegian-registered oil products tanker MT AndreA Victory off UAE’s Fujairah. the attack did not cause any casualties or an oil spill.

Intitially, Thome Ship Management said that its MT Andrew Victory was “struck by an unknown object”. Jaber Al Lamki, an executive director at the UAE’s National Media Council, claimed that the attack was “aimed at undermining global oil supplies and maritime security.”

Mainstream media outlets came with variuos speculations providing contradictory claims of ‘anonymous soources’ on the incident. Most of these speculations were focusing on the supposed Iranian involvement in the situation.

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The US de-facto blamed Iran for the situation with National Security Adviser John Bolton claiming that the attacks were the work of “naval mines almost certainly from Iran.”

“It’s clear that Iran is behind the Fujairah attack. Who else would you think would be doing it? Someone from Nepal?” he told journalists at a US embassy briefing.

“There is no doubt in anybody’s minds in Washington, we know who did this and it’s important Iran knows we know,” he added.

In own turn, Iran stated that it played no part in the attacks and said that it was a false flag fabricated by the US. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stressed that Iran expected “suspicious sabotage acts.”

“In this meeting, concern about suspicious actions and sabotage in the region was talked about, and we said that we had previously predicted that such actions would occur to create tensions in the region,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on May 14th.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the head of Majlis national security and foreign policy commission said that the alleged sabotage of the tankers was proof how fragile security was in the Persian Gulf. Falahatpisheh said that the attack was performed by the “third party”.

On June 12, a fire that broke out on an Iranian oil platform of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf and was subsequently contained and no fatalities were reported. Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA said the fire had been contained. State TV said the cause of the fire was under investigation and there were no reports of disruptions to operations at the field.

On June 13, another suspicious incident took place in the Gulf of Oman. Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous oil tankers were rocked by explosions. This development also appeared to be surrounded by multiple speculations immidiately after first reports about the situation. The initial versions were varrying from a torpedo attack to naval mines with the aforementioned tendency regarding the supposed Iranian involvement.

The incident happened during a visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Iran. The Kokuka Courageous is owned by Japanese company Kokuka Sangyo Ltd.

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What Is Behind Attacks On Tankers In Persian Gulf Region

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Both Iran and the US released contradictory statements claiming that their naval forces had  rescued crew members of the tankers. Nonetheless, once again no casualties were reported in the supposed attack.

Later on the same day, State Secretary Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack. He claimed that Iran wants to end “successful maximum pressure campaign” of the US sanctions.

“This is only the latest in the series of attacks instigated by the Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American allies and interests. They should be understood in the context of four years of unprovoked aggression against freedom-loving nations,” he said.

Iran once again denied its involvement in such developments. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif labeled the incident as “suspicious” hinting that this may have been a provocation.

On June 14, Washington claimed that it has evidence confirming the Iranian involvement in the June 13 incident. According  to a statement by US Central Command, Iranian forces were spotted removing “a probable unexploded limpet mine” from 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.

Central Comamnd also released photos supposed to confirm the claim regarding the unexploded mine.

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The full text of the  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”

Nonetheless, this version faced a serious scepticism among more or less independent media outlets, and even the owner and operator of the Kokuka Courageous and European allies of the US.

“The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Nathalie Tocci, a senior adviser to European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also avoided to blame Iran for the situation directly.

“Before we blame someone, we need credible evidence,” the official said.

Yutaka Katada, the president of Kokuka Sangyo, said on June 14 that he doesn’t completely believe the US version of events. Katada called reports of a mine attack “false” pointing an obvious reason – a mine doesn’t damage a ship above sea level, like what was seen with Kokuka Courageous.

“A mine doesn’t damage a ship above sea level,” he said “We aren’t sure exactly what hit, but it was something flying towards the ship.”

He added that sailors on board the ship saw “flying objects” just before Kokuka Courageous was hit. This is another evidence suggesting the vessel wasn’t damaged by mines, but by objects that could have been fired from a distance.

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On June 15, the media hysteria continued. CNN claimed that Iranian forces attempted to shoot down a US drone in the area:

“In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.

The missile missed the drone and fell into the water, the official said.

Prior to taking fire, the American MQ-9 Reaper drone observed Iranian vessels closing in on the tankers, the official added, though the source did not say whether the unmanned aircraft saw the boats conducting an actual attack.

Still, it is the first claim that the US has information of Iranian movements prior to the attack.”

It’s expected that soon the English-speaking audience will get more “revelations” and “details” regarding the incident form anonymous sources of MSM outlets. These reports would be a logical continuation of the previous series of media hysteria on supposed Iranian preparations to attack US forces and infrastructure in the Middle East fueled by the Washington establishment and MSM.

The “Iran is readying for an attack” propaganda campaign was used by the US to justify its ongoing military buildup in the region.

  • On May 25, President Donald Trump declared that the US is sending 1,500 troops, 12 fighter jets, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft, and a number of military engineers to counter Iran. Trump also approved an $8 billion sale of precision guided missiles and other military support to Saudi Arabia.
  • The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, which carries marines, amphibious vehicles, and rotary aircraft, as well as the Patriot missiles, were deployed near the Persian Gulf.
  • A strategic bomber task force was deployed at the US airbase Al Udeid in Qatar.

Taking into account the military and political situation established in the region, and the obvious loopholes in Washington’s version of the June 13 ‘attack’, it’s quite possible it was a pre-planned provocation. Furthermore, the main side interested in this development is the US. It allows it to pursue several important goals:

  • The growing tensions in the Persian Gulf region allows the Trump administration to continue exploiting the “Iranian threat” to justify its internal and foreign policies. Inside the US, it will allow Washinton to increase spending on military-industrial complex even further. In terms of the foreign policy, the US got an additional justification to continue its hard-core anti-Iranian and pro-Israeli policy as well as to boost military and diplomatic presence in the Middle East.
  • The geoeconomic goal of this provocation is to create tensions in the Persian Gulf region and near it (the western part of Indian Ocean). The growing threat to maritime security would increase the coast of logistical costs for key oil consumers. DHT Holdings and Heidmar, two of the biggest oil tankers operators in the world, have suspended new bookings to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. The oil price gew. Insurance rates for logistical operations in the region are also expected to grow. This situation directly impacts China, one of the key oil consumers, and European states with a large industrial potential, like Germany. The pressure on possible economic competitors through economic (tariffs and sanctions), military and diplomatic means are the consistent policy of the Trump administration.

Iran has strongly denied its involvement in the attack. Nonetheless, it also played a role in the current tensions through its allies in Yemen. Over the past months, Ansar Allah (the Houthis) has drastically increased the number of missile and drone attacks on key infrastructure objects in Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian leadership would also use the threat of an aggressive and artful enemy (the US-Israeli alliance) to justify its policies and boost influence on Shia armed groups and movements across the Greater Middle East, first of all in Yemen and Iraq.

Ansar Allah, supported by Iran, will likely continue strident and painful attacks on Saudi Arabia. In the event of the further escalation of the regional situation, Teheran may even use some of its allied groups for attacks on US forces or infrastructure objects.

Strategically, Iran will focus on developing asymmetric means and measures, including tactical missile forces and a mosquito-craft fleet. The chosen asymmetric responses will be in level with Iran’s economic capabilities and designed to cause maximum damage to the US in the event of an open hot conflict.

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  • Iranian Falcon

    Anyway islamic regime has alwayse called war on so called infidel imperialist west specially USA and Death to him her and everyone! So this is the best time for it please dont deny your abuse like the Turks do, and if you dare go to real war with with west and saudis and israelis. Or all claims against them will be considered a lie and fooling others. Just keep in mind iranian people wont participate in your idealogical war because you alwayse suppressed your people and you live in power and super wealth while people are striving for piece of a bread in trash cans! They know how much corrupted you are!

    • Free man

      The mullah regime is pushing the entire region into unnecessary war.

      • Iranian Falcon

        Indeed. They Love Chaos!

    • Garga

      Name ONE instance where the “Islamic regime” (I assume by that you mean the Iranian government) called war on “infidel imperialist west”?
      A direct quote, a link, and recorded voice or video are highly appreciated.

      Here you are yet again wrong. If it comes to war and an attack on Iran, millions will volunteer to defend the country, regardless of the system of governance or who is president or leader. Friend, don’t throw slogans from other side of the world, you have no idea what is going on inside Iranian society.
      By the way, are you with MeK? Maybe not, but you talk like them.

      • Iranian Falcon

        You go for your own ideaological war we dont go! We dont give blood for some pathetic roaches bringing region to distruction first you send your sons that are having super luxury life in usa and europe then come tell us people come to defend mullahs! People answered to yours well in voices and videos sent to social networkd that if they go into mullahs war against west or not lol.

        • Garga

          1- Don’t dodge the first part about the quote/reference.

          2- You’re not hearing. Ideology has nothing to do with it, it’s the COUNTRY and we’ll defend it, no matter what.
          “Us people”? The people live in their country, not sitting somewhere (let’s say Albania) leading others and throwing orders from their computers. Yes, hundreds of people spoke on the social media against the government, on the other hand people also speak by millions in the streets whenever the very same government calls upon them and asks their support, how about that?

          3- Don’t dodge the last part about MeK.

          • Sinbad2

            Don’t feed the Jews.

          • Iranian Falcon

            Nah its not even one fact about nation! USA or europe es not against iran they are against the regime and if they attack they remove regime they dont do ethnic cleansing like turks and khmers and etc do! The one says goes defend mullahs against west is definitly connected to the regime.
            Means you have warm food warm house and a wory free life thanks to those feed you but in expense millions of millions are striving hard for life and also have trouble of a FREE LIFE specially women and politic activitists and artists. So they have nothing against west the IRGC & mullahs do. I mean IRGC doesnt even hame the “Iran” name on it! This clearly shows how much alien iranian regime is to the people of iran. I said iranians dont go to war and defend because they love to see inner enemy collapse and the west is not friend nor enemy.
            I mean lolll even russia doesnt give a shit about iran just uses it! Not a single country likes iran now even assad! He just needs iran he is not islamic fanatic! Even religious people in iran hate this regime! So we iranians know what is going on but you can continue fool foreigners.

          • Garga

            In other words, you have nothing to show except for parroting the ideological lessons you’ve received in your weakly sessions. You dodge to back your words and dodge direct questions, both very clumsily.

            By our current and previous conversations I conclude that you’re a MeK troll, and there’s no point arguing with a MeK troll.

            MeK or not, you’re still my countryman and I wish you a better life, anything would be better than the limbo they put you in. Take care and good bye.

      • BMWA1

        Why don’t you remember that in 1743, Nader Shah declared war on the Ottoman Empire, which is to the west of Iran? Then there was the incident in 576 AD when the Sassanid Persian Khosrau tried to repudiate the Roman protectorate over Armenia. finally, in 479 BC, against Sparta at Plataea, a further Iranian aggression occurred by Strategos Mardonius . When will this pattern of continuous aggression end? If only we had listened to Tommy!

      • FlorianGeyer

        I well remember the dark years of the Iran/Iraq war when Western chemical weapons were provided to Saddam by the US and UK, to murder Iranians with.

        And STILL the Iranians stood tall and defended their homeland, despite the huge casualties from that US planned conflict.

      • goingbrokes

        Always remember that people with national identifiers in the blog name are virtually always zionists.

        • Iranian Falcon

          Yes like your father is zionist. Why not all accuses like a piece of a cake and i do too ;)

          • goingbrokes

            Not really. And it was not an accusation, it was an observation. If you are not a zionist I welcome you. If you are an Iranian I welcome you.
            However, if you are not an Iranian and you are a zionist, then your head belongs to the place where the sun don’t shine.

    • Brother Thomas

      They say if you put a keyboard in front of a monkey, it will sooner or later type out random words and sentence. This post reads like that. It makes absolutely no sense.

  • Rob

    Those countries that produce oil, gas, gold, silver, diamond, emerald, uranium, Rare earth elements and technologies the thugs US, NATO and Israel are their main enemies.

    What Pompeo said the other day that the world has glorified US CIA for lies, cheats and steals.

    Rubber dog.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0648b1d1b716c5350d841b5b82159b27b87d69c6e787c8e6ba0a3894cf86d8a.jpg

  • Vince Dhimos

    Well, gee, Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror wrote last March in an op-ed at TV7 Israel News:

    https://www.tv7israelnews.com/the-logic-of-israels-actions-to-contain-iran-in-syria-and/

    “Israel must prevent this at any cost, even if an Israeli attack would lead to war – that is, a large-scale operation involving fierce hostilities in Syria and Lebanon, as well as massive and painful assaults on the Israeli home front.”

    and, does the following suggest who may be behind the attacks on oil tankers?

    “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.”

  • Rob
    • Free man

      All these terrorist attacks are because the mullah regime feels the pressure very much .

      • Rob

        US, NATO and Israel have been defeated by Afghani Taliban using just AK-47. What about S-300, S-400 and all types of ballistic missiles from short rage to ICBM.

        Iran is not alone. Iran has own allies Russia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, India and China. This war will be WW-3 which will be very short and will vanish Israel, NATO and US.

        • Free man

          Very realistic. LOL.

        • grumpy_carpenter

          iran doesn’t have the S-400. Russia has already told Iran they won’t come to their aid with military force. China has never offered military aid outside their borders. Iran has 4 battalions of PMU-2’s as well as some Chinese and domestic equivalents. It wouldn’t take long for the USAF to take them out …. at a cost of course. They also have very good EW systems and have shown the capability to hack and take control of US drones.

          On the surface Russia won’t give military aid to Iran but they also cannot allow the USA to have access to the Caspian sea and Iran is crucial to China’s BRI so you can expect both of these countries to pour arms and intelligence into Iran if the USA attacks.

          In the best case scenario the USA will stay out of a war with Iran but the next best case would be to get the USA bogged down in Iran. The Americans would have to be nuts to fall into that trap, but I wouldn’t put it past them in fact I’ll bet the do it.

          The USA will try to use air power but the Iranians have been watching the USA operate and digging in for 40 years so good luck with that. Someone is going to have to go in on the ground to take out shore based missile teams that will harass shipping in the gulf. That’s what they want. You can bet they have well stocked strongpoint dug into the hills all over the place along with a shitload of manpads and nasty EW kits gifted from the Russians that are going to nullify CAS. Someones infantry is going to have a real bloody slog.

          • David Parker

            Bolton has a demon. He dodged Vietnam but has a fetish, like his moustache, for blood and guts as long as ther belong to someone else. Sanity and the US deep state are mutually exclusive. Those demons believe they can survive nuclear war and they really do not care what happens to ordinary (non-government) people. The Zionist agenda is to have all the goyim kill each other, so world war III nuclear is very possibly on the Zionist agenda.
            They are all stark raving demonic mad. Think of the “Dr. Strangeglove” movie but with malice.

      • Rob

        Not Mulkah regime rather Islamic priest. Moron you are also Islamophobic.

      • David Parker

        Iran has nothing whatever to gain from sinking cargo ships. It is just like Assad being blamed for gassing his own people right after the US deep state says it will attack if Assad gasses his people in terrorist-controlled areas where the SAA was not even fighting.
        Iran has not provoked anyone to fight. All the sanctions and provocations and daily threats are from the US deep state.

  • Free man

    What Is Behind Attacks On Tankers In Persian Gulf Region ? I R A N !!!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    There is an interesting map explaining all
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article198024.html

    The US Grand Strategy

    by Mikhail Leontyev

    Mikhail Leontiev devoted his column on the first Russian television channel to Thomas Barnett’s theory. What appeared to be an intellectual lucubration in 2001 is currently being realized. Everyone must now rethink their vision of the wars of the past sixteen years.

    VOLTAIRE NETWORK | MOSCOW (RUSSIA) | 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

    РУССКИЙ FRANÇAIS DEUTSCH ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΆ TÜRKÇE ITALIANO ROMÂNĂ ESPAÑOL PORTUGUÊS فارسى

    However, hello!

    Trump delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly. As Saltykov-Shchedrin [1] pointed out once: “Kind folk awaited bloodshed and massacres from him, instead, he ate a doughnut.”

    “Strong sovereign nations allow citizens to flourish in the fullness of life provided for by God. We in America do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. And we want ours to be so brilliant as to serve to the rest as an example, “said US President Donald Trump.

    Hooray! He is giving a slack. In the past he would have aspired to impose a resplendent image to follow! But now he has given up all the aspiring. At the same time, note, to erase from the face of the Earth and to overthrow is still in fashion. Trump threatens to destroy North Korea, Iran, overthrow the regime in Venezuela … But to try to impose an image nowadays is a big no-no.

    “The war should not be conducted against individual states with a mobile political situation, but against regions of the world, because those states are coded in this program of destruction. Of course, they will start from one country or another, then the infection will spread until everything collapses, as we can see today in the example of the Middle East. Of course, this is a policy, the implementation of which began after September 11, 2001, and we failed to grasp the significance of the events of September 11. None of the wars that have been fought since then has been concluded”, said French political scientist, journalist (Syria, Damascus) Thierry Meyssan [2].

    And it is true. For 15 years, none of the wars came to an end! Thierry Meyssan, a well-known conspiracy theories specialist, scholar and Orientalist, claims that we did not notice a radical change in the American strategy since the September the 11th.

    “Neo-imperialism of the United States does not intend to offer anything for those states that are among the stable, nor for those that are a source of natural resources. Stable states will have access to resources, and the sources of natural resources will be completely destroyed, plunged into chaos”, continues Thierry Meyssan.

    Here is this map from Hell, to which Meyssan refers, from the book of geostrategist and publicist Professor Barnett, who served as an assistant to Admiral Cerbowski, who directed the Department of Transformation of the Armed Forces at the Pentagon. Virtually all of Africa, Central and Latin America, except Brazil and Argentina, fall into the zone of “non-integrable states” doomed to chaos.Then, naturally, the entire Middle East with Turkey, the Persian Gulf, Iran and Pakistan, all Middle and South-east Asia and all The Balkans, except Greece. At the same time, Russia, India and China are prudently surgically removed out of the “nightmare zone”.

    “The power of Leviathan must be released only occasionally. But here’s what you can promise the American people, our citizens, and the whole world. If we release this Leviathan, then we promise, we guarantee that immediately, immediately afterwards we will install the functional governance. You should not plan a war if you do not expect to find peace, “states US political analyst Thomas Barnett.

    And they will inherit the Kingdom! … For the slow-witted: the functional governance is just an administration of occupational forces. American ones. For those in the know: what kind of American administration can be offered for “non-integrable territories”? The key is in the name-Non-integrable. You have been told! And why on Earth anyone would want to create a “perfect image”for them? Let them wallow in squalor.

    Let me quote Meyssan once again : none of the wars that started after September 11 is over.

    However, goodbye!

  • hvaiallverden

    Funny thing this days of Ultra HD, and etc, camreas, even mobile phones have an quality that beats this crappy shit, of course its blurry, even when we all know its intentional, since its obvios to me, this is an video of an pickup boat as we call it, and was evacuating the crew from one of the two tankers evacuated imideatly after the “attacks” ocured, one by the Impisses navy, and the Iranians.
    So we are de facto watching the Wankees film their own rescue, and pimp it as an Iranian vessel.
    The reason for been so bloody blury.

    Again, please, give us an break, and we dont buy it at all, this is nonsense squared, period, only blind idiots cant get it, do you, and despite an area covered with radars etc to ship lane survelance is what we define as Head and Ass, this is all we have from the “attacks”, mines my hamble ass, is bullshit, this was a someting not that powerfull in this drone days.
    And Cui Bono, even in ancient Rome this was an comon answer to most missery, swindling or propaganda and to whom was doing what.
    Iran, like Don Qijote.
    Nope.
    They may be a lot of things, joeSixpack, but not stupid.

    Wankeestan, of course, the Brits are already sucking any dick swining infront of then with an AmeriTard flagg tattoed on, already lying on knees with the head trusted into the sand, wile forgets the ass is in the air, as rotten whores, and the rest hides behind their desks and hopes nobody bothers to ask them for their opinion, so they dont have to expose to witch degree they are wankeestan bitches to, the EU is nothing but an sick joke, run by scumbags galore.
    Nothing sane will come from this freaks.
    Other than limping behind The vialge idiot from NY.

    Aka, why do I have dejavoooos woshing by in large packs, its an f…… theater, I just wounder, will they kick in the button or not, never underetsemate the insanity and blood thirst of the Imperial banana republic UssA. They have afterall started over 250 wars for so long it have existed.
    Yeah, the shoa must go on.

    peace

  • Garga

    Ansar Allah, supported by Iran, will likely…

    Is this now the standard narrative on SouthFront too? Add to that all the strange articles about Russia and other issues which cause complains and warnings from the readers.
    Slowly but surely it’s differences with MSM are fading away. That difference made SF attractive.
    I don’t complain, in fact I’m used to read lies about my country and her allies all the time, but if I decide it’s too much, I simply leave and won’t return. Think how many of your readers are like that?

    • You can call me Al

      I must admit, I shall stand by you on this one.

      Wait till I hear “Iranian supplied equipment” in the context of newly supplied, whilst a full blockade of land, sea and air….continues….then I also will become vocal.

  • Tommy Jensen

    These attacks bear the fingerprints of US State Department all over. Same lies, same pattern, same tricks!
    MIC trying to squeeze more funding our of innocent American taxpayers and our Allies.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    The cargoes of the tankers were Far East bound which suggests the perpetrator did not want cargoes to reach the Far East.
    The fact that a Far East politician (Abe) was negotiating a deal with the Iranians, would suggest that this development enraged some extremists.

    • Sinbad2

      If the perpetrators had wanted to stop the cargoes they would have used real weapons and not fake weapons.
      No good pics in ships sitting on the bottom, but a bit of fire and smoke.

      This is a standard American media event.

      • Dick Von Dast’Ard

        It’s sending a warning isn’t it?
        The Japanese PM was attempting to go off message.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Well hmm… let me guess…
    https://i.imgur.com/VqOBipB.jpg

  • David Parker

    Bolton knows very well the MOSSAD and CIA sabotaged those ships on orders from Israel. The Zionists have obviously ordered the US deep state to attack Iran, one of the only three countries in the world outside the Zionist financial system. Iran, North Korea, and Cuba are not making “interest” payments on Zionist paper and therefore Zionists have decreed those governments must be destroyed.

  • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

    A new chapter on the Trade-war… come on India !

    The USA is getting more and more isolated from the rest of the world every day …

    I live to see the day where the new civil war begins in the ‘deep states of isramerica’ !

    India said it will on Sunday impose higher tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds, apples and walnuts, in response to Washington’s withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
    The US goods affected by the Indian tariffs include iron and steel products, flat-rolled stainless steel, boric acid, tube and pipe fittings, screws, bolts and rivets. The hikes also target food products such as walnuts, chickpeas, lentils, apples, pears and artemia shrimps.

    The new tariffs would allow India to receive around $217 million additional revenue from US imports, a source told the Times of India earlier.

    https://www.rt.com/news/461965-india-slaps-tariffs-us-products/

  • Hos Ng

    probably done by the same animals as 911. Colin and cheney still havent been punished, whats the holdup,no yellow vests?

  • verner

    the squatters on palestinian land of course – desperate to embroil the disintegrating states of A in a war against the Iran (which they don’t want to participate in themselves) they are prepared to do anything to get it off the ground and I wouldn’t be surprised if the squatters stealth submarines are lurking in the Gulf of Oman ready to let go of a couple of their nuke-tipped missiles.

    just one thing to do – close down the illegal occupation of palestinian land and send the squatters onto their next 5000 year long diaspora. they just haven’t been very bright about their tenuous and precarious situation on the land they’ve stolen and thus deserve to be kicked all the way to hell. but as only a joint world can achieve that let’s join up and get the kicking going.

  • The whole point of these attacks is to isolate Iran from nations that might trade with it, support Iran in the UN, try to renew the nuclear pact, circumvent the illegal US sanctions and to provide grounds for future attacks on Iran. The latest attack was a threat to Norway and Japan whose ships were trading with Iran using flags of convenience and whose governments were negotiating with Iran. The Japanese PM was in Iran at the time and an Iranian delegation to Norway was in discussions from the end of May. https://theiranproject.com/blog/tag/iran-norway-ties/

    I suspect the explosives came from that American drone that was hanging around as did the video above.

    So who were the brave sailors who rescued the tanker crew from their burning ship, fought the fires and removed the bomb? It wasn’t the Americans.