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Tanker attacks

Discussion in 'Personal' started by les25paul, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-48630374

    Two oil tankers are attacked in the Gulf of Oman and the US claim that Iran is responsible. But Iran went to the aid of these tankers and rescued the sailors.

    Is it plausible the Iran deliberately attacked these vessels purely so they could stage a rescue and become the good guys?
     
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    When they say 'attacked' do they mean that they came into contact with a mine? or that someone deliberately targeted them with violence?

    Either way this is the sort of stupid behaviour that can escalate quickly and dangerously.
     
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  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Either way it will be Oman which faces the environmental consequences.
     
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  4. blue451

    blue451 Occasional commenter

    What's more likely?
    Iran staged the attack so it could appear the good guy?

    Or someone else staged the attack to blame Iran?

    Who could possibly be looking for reasons to attack Iran?
     
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  5. Spoofer4114

    Spoofer4114 New commenter

    And Iran as well.
     
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  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Two good points about the environmental consequences, I hadn't considered that.

    Which makes it even more unusual any country in the vicinity would want to stage such an "attack".

    I think the "attacks" were deliberate because its unlikely two such explosions would both happen at the same time by chance.
     
  7. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Would Iran have attacked two tankers which have links to Japan, just as the Japanese leader arrives in Iran for the first visit for 40+ years?
     
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  8. Spoofer4114

    Spoofer4114 New commenter

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  9. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    And remember this follows the 4 tankers attacked last month
     
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  10. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Trouble is I don't believe a word that the White House (this White House) says...but neither would I trust Iran.
     
  11. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Could it be some ‘splinter group’ so not Iran per se?

    Call me a conspiracy theorist but at one point I thought the flames looked a bit Photoshopped.........
     
  12. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    Trump and his warmongering cronies are desperate to start a war with Iran, so I know what I believe.
     
  13. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Said on the Biased Broadcasting Corporation news this morning that the US Navy had evidence proving Irans involvement.
     
  14. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Whatever happened, it will mean fuel prices going up, yet again!
     
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Levels of smug among electric vehicle owners will reach new highs!
     
  16. Owennnn

    Owennnn Occasional commenter

    My smugness outstripped my MPG years ago
     
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  17. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Until the price of electricity goes up, as well.
     
  18. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Yemeni Houthi rebels are well supported and trained by Iran. They are very active militarily and have claimed a large number of attacks. There has been plenty of speculation in the region (and firmly asserted by the US) that the Houthis are effectively a proxy for Iranian military action - hence regardless of who claims responsibility for the latest attacks, the US has gone straight for what it believes is the organ grinder.
     
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Aye but the Yemeni coast controlled by the Houthi is on the other side of Arabia and the waterways between Yemen and the Gulf of Hormuz will be heavily patrolled.
     
  20. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Yes! They have footage of Iranian military vessels "removing" mines from the tankers. Now bearing in mind Iran was instrumental in the rescue of the tankers' crew wouldn't removing mines be a reasonable part of that rescue?

    Its evidence the ships were mined but not evidence of who did it.
     
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