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    Default Iranian IRGC boats tried, failed to seize British oil tanker in Persian Gulf

    Lucas Tomlinson, Louis Casiano
    7/10/2019


    Five [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday but backed off after a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

    The British warship was said to have been less than 5 miles behind the tanker but soon intercepted the Iranian boats and threatened to open fire. A manned U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was above as well, the official said, adding that Iranian forces left without opening fire.

    Navy Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (CENTCOM), said the military was aware of the reported actions. He added, “Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global prosperity.”

    The British frigate was identified as the HMS Monstrose, according to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] which was first to report the encounter.

    The incident was the latest in a series of provocations between the Islamic Republic and the West. British forces last week [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that officials believed was operating in violation of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] sanctions. The British Royal Marines captured the vessel in Gibraltar after believing it was trying to provide crude oil to Syria, an ally of Iran.

    Iranian President [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] warned that Britain would face repercussions over the seizure.

    Last month, Iran shot down a U.S. drone over the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], a vital waterway separating Iran from the United Arab Emirates. Oil exporters transport around 22 million barrels of oil per day through the strait.

    U.S. officials also blamed Iran for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in the area. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has accused the regime of trying to disrupt the flow of oil in the area.

    Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have escalated in recent weeks and could spiral downward after Iran admitted Monday it [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that were set by the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] pulled the U.S. out of the deal last year but several EU nations remained involved. Those countries -- Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain, and the European Union -- have called on Iran to stick to its commitments under the deal.

    Iran has abandoned restraint in recent months as it seeks relief from U.S. sanctions. The republic has asked the deal's signatories to provide economic incentives in exchange for the de-escalation of its nuclear program.

    Trump has indicated he will [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on Iran and urged those nations not to give in to its demands.




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    The Iranian navy, what a joke!
    There going to need a bigger boat to go up against the US and the Brits.
    Hell the Cajun navy and the redneck yacht club could kick there ass!

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