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Did Iran Just Snatch an Oil Tanker From the Gulf?

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(Illustrative photo: Background oil tanker - Danny Cornelissen/Wikipedia Commons; pirate flag - Pxhere)
(Illustrative photo: Background oil tanker – Danny Cornelissen/Wikipedia Commons; pirate flag – Pxhere)

Did Iran just flex its muscle for the world to see and snatch an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf? A few days ago, an oil tanker flying the flag of Panama and sailing near the Strait of Hormuz simply disappeared.

Iran claims it took the tanker because it was experiencing “technical difficulties,” but no a word of confirmation of that story has been heard from Panama.

The potential seizure comes after the Brits detained an Iranian oil tanker attempting to deliver crude to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. A few days after, a British warship thwarted a retaliatory attempt by Iran to capture a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

In the latest set of aggressions between Iran and Britain, an unmanned boat armed with explosives narrowly missed striking a British destroyer in the Red Sea on its way to the Gulf.

Listen to Clarion Editor Meira Svirsky and Clarion’s Arab Affairs Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ran Meir analyze:

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