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U.S. blames Iran for attack on oil
tankers, releases video purporting
to show Iranians removing mine

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 6/14/2019 4:45:22 AM

ISTANBUL — The perilous contest between the United States and Iran for influence in the Middle East escalated dramatically on Thursday as two tankers were targeted in suspected attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the “blatant assault” on the vessels and said the United States would defend itself and its allies against Iranian aggression in the region. But he provided no evidence that the explosions had been the work of Iranian forces. The blasts appeared to be a coordinated attack, damaging the hull of a Japanese-owned tanker and striking a Norwegian-owned vessel,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2 6/14/2019 6:49:25 AM (No. 97985)
It is hard to see clearly what is happening in this video. The untrained eye, mine, can’t see them removing anything.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: anonymous 6/14/2019 7:25:43 AM (No. 97998)
Pompeo might be right but, to the cynical layman, his could be an agenda-driven interpretation. I never trust the Iranians on anything but they'd have to be stupid to be incriminating themselves in broad daylight. They could be trying to provoke something.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson 6/14/2019 7:47:32 AM (No. 98015)
Six moderate sized wooden vessels were torched in an Iranian harbor this week. They were perfect for laying mines. Some people are doing something.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 6/14/2019 8:02:18 AM (No. 98030)
This looks about like your typical Bigfoot or UFO video. A: Where is the proof that the boat and crew were Iranian? B: Where is the proof that it was an unexploded limpet mine that they were removing? C: Assuming it was a limpet mine, why would it be placed so far above the waterline? If you wanted to actually sink a ship, the mines would generally be placed BELOW the water line, by ‘frogmen’ --UDT types. ( I had some experience with that sort of thing, 'back in the day') If you merely wanted to do something for ‘show’, and just do minor damage, yeah, then you might want to put the device ~six feet above the water line. (OK, I’ll admit that if the tanker was fully laden when the attack occurred, and the cargo was since unloaded or leaked out, the water line could change that much and more.... but I hadn't heard that there was a cargo salvage effort or a massive oil spill ) I’m not saying that Iran wouldn’t do it... But I don’t trust the warmongers on ‘our side’ to not pull some sort of false flag operation, either.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365 6/14/2019 9:02:05 AM (No. 98068)
“A Japanese owned tanker and striking a Norwegian-owned vessel” One hopes that the US doesn’t view itself as the defender of these foreign owned vessels. First. our Navy lacks the ships and sufficiently trained crews to shoulder the burden. Second, despite the worst efforts of Democrats, we are energy self-sufficient, so we don’t need Gulf States’ oil. Third, Norway, Japan and the others purchasing this oil all signed the Paris Climate Accord, and they keep criticizing us because President Trump refused to participate in this anti-petroleum madness.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/14/2019 6:52:38 PM (No. 98411)
Why you ask? The Iranians didn't want THEIR MINE to be found... Time to take out their Navy, 100% as a warning! It should take about 2 days...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/14/2019 6:54:19 PM (No. 98413)
#1 the video is blurred because we don't want our enemies to see how good our satellites video capabilities assured, we saw great detail! (like the dimples on a golf ball from space...)
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 6/14/2019 11:14:36 PM (No. 98453)
Thats not a satellite video. It is from an aircraft... Probably a Seahawk helicopter, although it could be from a drone. A couple of miles away, not thousands. Still, pretty amazing optics and electronics from a less than perfectly stable platform.
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