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The IRGC got lucky – the CO of FFG HMS Montrose exercised restraint despite evident hostile intent by the IRGC. Clearly yet another escalation play – the regime seems desperate to start a shooting conflict, to distract the public from the impact of sanctions. POTUS announces more sanctions coming soon.

IRGC Boats Attempt To Seize British Tanker – To Inform is to Influence

Denials, bluff, and bravado. Five tiny boats from the IRGC attempted to seize the British Heritage, but a British frigate interceded. This was followed by denials, bluff, and bravado by Iran. The bravado included accusations that the UK is scared of Iran. They also accused the United States of planning the operation. The good news is that the HMS Montrose, the British frigate, showed remarkable restraint. It must have been very tempting to throw a few rounds through each of those IRGC vessels. The Iranians radioed the supertanker to stop, change course, and proceed to Iranian territorial waters. The Iranian government denied that an attempt to seize the supertanker had taken place. Iran’s leaders look like buffoons. </end editorial>

CNN: Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker – To Inform is to Influence

By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, CNN Updated 7:54 PM ET, Wed July 10, 2019 (CNN) Five armed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident. The British Heritage tanker was sailing out of…

Deborah Haynes on Twitter: “On Iran/Britain incident in Gulf: UK-flagged British Heritage tanker was lawfully passing through what happened to be disputed territorial waters near Abu Musa island in between Dubai and Iran when it was confronted last night UK-time by the three Iranian vessels 1/”


British oil tanker: Why did Iran take action, and what happens next? | News | The Times

Why did Iranian vessels try to stop a British oil tanker in the Gulf?Officials in Tehran, including President Rouhani, have been threatening retaliation against Britain since Royal Marines in Gibraltar boarded and detained an Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria last week. Iran denied today that it t

Iranian ships tried to block British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iranian ships attempted to obstruct a British-flagged commercial oil tanker as it sailed in the Persian Gulf, Britain’s Defense Ministry said.

Iranian IRGC boats tried, failed to seize British oil tanker in Persian Gulf, senior US defense official says | Fox News

Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker in the Persian Gulf – CNNPolitics

Armed Iranian boats unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident.

Oil: Here’s why the Strait of Hormuz is so critical to energy markets

The Gulf region has been shaken by a period of heightened instability in recent months, threatening the flow of oil through the Strait.

Royal Navy frigate trains guns on Iranian boats trying to storm Brit tanker in Persian Gulf forcing them to back off

IRAN’S elite Revolutionary Guard tried to take control of the tanker British Heritage as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, sparking a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf, US officials said. The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose quickly trained its 30mm deck guns on the enemy boats to warn them off.

Iran threat: Revolutionary Guards DENY Royal Navy incident ‘No confrontation’ | World | News |

IRAN’s Revolutionary Guards has denied attempting to intercept a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz despite the UK Government declaring Tehran boats had been forced to back down after a warning by Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose.

Islamic Revolutionary Guards Deny Trying to Stop UK Oil Tanker – Reports – Sputnik International

A Royal Navy ship earlier escorted the oil tanker British Heritage in the Strait of Hormuz after reports that several Iranian military boats had approached the vessel.

Iranian boats ‘harass’ British tanker in the Gulf: U.S. officials – Reuters

Five boats believed to belong to Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by, but withdrew after a British warship warned them, U.S. officials said.

Royal Navy Ship Reportedly Escorts UK Tanker in Gulf Amid Iran’s Warning After Seizure of Its Vessel – Sputnik International

The apparent intensification of security measures for British vessels sailing in the Gulf region takes place in the wake of attacks on oil tankers by unknown perpetrators and Iran’s warnings to London that its ships could be seized in response to the UK’s arrest of an Iranian vessel in Gibraltar.

British claim about Iran trying to stop oil tanker is worthless: Iran foreign minister – Reuters

Britain’s claim that Iran tried to stop one of their oil tankers in the Gulf on Wednesday is worthless, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Tensions Mount Between Iran and the West After the Latest Provocation in the Persian Gulf

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Royal Navy sees off Iranian attempt to intercept British tanker | News | The Times

A Royal Navy warship pointed its guns at Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels last night in a military altercation in the Gulf.HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, threatened a kinetic response after three Iranian patrol boats intercepted British Heritage, a UK-flagged oil tanker owned by BP Shipping.The

Iran lawmakers want tolls in Strait of Hormuz in response to US sanctions – News – Stripes

The Pentagon said it is committed to the “free flow of commerce” through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway critical to global oil shipments, where Iranian lawmakers have proposed imposing transit tolls on ships that Tehran deems unfriendly.

Trump: sanctions on Iran ‘will soon be increased, substantially’ – AOL News

Iran has breached two limits to the 2015 deal, which aimed to extended the time it would need to obtain enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

US wants Senate-approved deal with Iran: US envoy Brian Hook | News | Al Jazeera

Senate-approved agreement with Iran should replace 2015 nuclear deal that Trump abandoned last year, US envoy says.

There’s a new goal for US-Iran policy | TheHill

Do we want to try, by whatever means necessary, to keep Iran from building a nuclear weapon?

Majorities of US veterans say Iraq, Afghanistan wars weren’t worth fighting | Pew Research Center

About two-thirds of U.S. veterans say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, while 58% say the same of the war in Afghanistan.

Veterans poll says Iraq war wasn’t worth fighting — Quartz

18 years later, the country is still divided by the US response to 9/11.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reports release of Ukrainian travel blogger Surin detained in Iran over drone flight

The consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine has reported the successful settlement on Wednesday, July 10, of the situation concerning Ukrainian travel blogger Artemy Surin, who was detained in Iran on suspicion of spying when flying a drone.