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Why Did the US Let This Iranian Oil Tanker Get to Syria?

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An Iranian flag on board the Adrian Darya oil tanker, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on August 18, 2019. Gibraltar rejected a US demand to seize the tanker, leaving the tanker free to leave the British territory after weeks of detention. (Photo: JOHNNY BUGEJA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iranian flag on board the Adrian Darya oil tanker, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on August 18, 2019. Gibraltar rejected a US demand to seize the tanker, leaving the tanker free to leave the British territory after weeks of detention. (Photo: JOHNNY BUGEJA/AFP/Getty Images)

Against U.S. sanctions, and after it was already detained in Gibraltar, the UK cut loose an Iranian oil tanker. Why did the U.S. look the other way? See the map below then click on our podcast to get a handle on this bizarre story:

Listen to the story about the intrigues of fighting the wily Iran in the Middle East with Clarion’s Arab Affairs Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ran Meir and Clarion Editor Meira Svirsky:

 

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