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It looks like the sanctions put on Iran by President Trump has really tanked the Iran economy. They are trying to provoke a war.
The United States dispatched a guided missile destroyer to the Gulf of Oman on Thursday after two oil tankers suffered what the U.S. Navy has called a “reported attack.”
“The USS Bainbridge was dispatched after the vessels suffered damage off the coast of Iran,” NBC News reported, citing Fifth Fleet spokesman Joshua Frey.
“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 (Bahrain) time and a second one at 7:00 a.m,” Frey said in a statement.
The crew of a Norwegian tanker had to be rescued after the ship hit a magnetic mine, a source told Reuters.
The tanker, owned by Norway’s Frontline, was carrying naphtha, a highly flammable petrochemical feedstock. The ship caught fire, but NBC reported that the entire crew made it to safety.
“We’re trying to establish what’s happened on board,” Martin Baxendale, a spokesperson for International Tanker Management, said in a statement to NBC.
In the other incident, a Japanese-owned tanker was hit by a suspected torpedo that started a fire.
US Navy Plane Captures Damning Footage of Iranians Removing Sabotage Evidence
The U.S. Navy has released footage that purports to show Iranian forces in an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (a branch of Iran’s armed forces) Gashti-class patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous while it was in the Gulf of Oman.
Hours before, an explosion on the Courageous forced Navy destroyer to rescue the 21 crew members. They abandoned the ship when they saw what appeared to be a “probable unexploded limpet mine on their hull” after the initial explosion, according to a report from U.S. CENCTCOM.
Initially, the Navy had received “two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7 a.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.”
Looks like Iran is playing with fire. They will bite off more than they can chew!
U.S. Will Send 1,000 More Troops to Middle East Amid Iran Tensions
The Trump administration plans to send 1,000 more troops as well as additional military resources to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to simmer, the Defense Department announced Monday.
“In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” read a statement from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
“United States does not seek conflict with Iran,” Shanahan said, but he highlighted recent threatening behavior by the state terror sponsor that could endanger U.S. forces.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” the defense secretary said.
Donald Trump Confirms Decision to Call Off Military Strike on Iran
President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he pulled back a military strike on Iran after he learned the number of possible casualties.
“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on three different sights (sic),” Trump revealed on Twitter. The attack was planned in retaliation for Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday in international waters.
Trump said prior to the strikes he was told by a general the casualties could be up to 150 people.