Oil tankers hit in fresh ‘torpedo attack’ in Gulf of Oman amid Iran tensions

Raf Sanchez – The Telegraph June 13, 2019

Two oil tankers were hit in a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman early on Thursday, causing oil prices to surge and raising the already heightened tensions in the Middle East.

The tankers were struck in the same area where the US accused Iran of using naval mines to sabotage four other oil ships in an attack last month.

One of the tankers is carrying “Japan-related” cargo, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneni is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran.

As the news filtered from the Gulf, Iran’s Foreign Minister tweeted in English that, “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning”.

One of the ships, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo”, according to Taiwan’s state-owned petrol company. The ship was on fire, its owners said.

The second tanker, Kokuka Courageous, was damaged in a “suspected attack” that breached the hull above the water line while on passage from Saudi Arabia to Singapore, according to Bernhard Schulte Ship management.

The company said the ship was safely afloat.  Oil prices jumped by 4 per cent in response to reports of the attack.

The US Navy said it was helping to evacuate the two damaged tankers and the shipping companies said the crews of both ships were safe.

A US Navy spokesman said: “We are aware of the reported attack on shipping vessels in the Gulf of Oman. US Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local (Bahrain) time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. US Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance.”

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKTMO), a unit of the Royal Navy, said it was aware of an incident in the area but gave no further details. “UK and its partners are currently investigating,” UKTMO said.

The alleged attack happened outside the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway between Iran and Oman through which around 20 per cent of all the world’s oil is transported.

Neither the shipping companies nor the US Navy made any immediate accusations but early suspicions will fall on Iran.

The US has accused accused Iran of sabotaging two oil tankers and two smaller ships near the Emirati port of Fujairah using naval mines on May 12. Iran denied responsibility for the attack.

The latest incident comes amid weeks of heightened tensions between the US and Iran.


6 responses to “Oil tankers hit in fresh ‘torpedo attack’ in Gulf of Oman amid Iran tensions”

  1. it smells like mossad, they do all this kind of thing around the world

  2. The tanker attack occurred near an Iranian naval base at a time when Israel is desperately trying to incite war between the US and Iran.

    The Jews Media quickly pointed to Iran as the culprit of the attack.

    It has the hallmarks of a false flag operation, so it may have been an Israeli submarine that fired the torpedoes which hit the tankers.

    But consider how Israel managed to pull off the USS Liberty fiasco in 67, with impunity, even after their evil false flag scheme was exposed.

    Maybe Zionism has enough control over the US military that the Jews were able to use a US submarine to attack the tankers.

  3. It is 100% probable that the Zionists are behind the attack. Israel is the mastermind behind all this Middle East terror and they want war with Iran. They will pull any amount of false flags to get Zionist controlled Amerika into a shooting war with Iran. They don’t care in the least what happens to Amerika as a result of a regional war or even a nuclear war.

    For decades Netanyahu has lobbied for Iran war, with his popularity waning I believe he will pull out all the stops and force Trump to take action. If Trump stalls he can be replaced with Zionist hellion Mike Pence. Whore Trump is unable to confront Israel because he is owned and a willing participant. We’ll see what he does, if he has the nerve (like Custer at Little Big Horn) to pull the trigger on Iran.

    The only real solution to this long term problem is truth, for the United States to own up to who really did 911 and then bomb the crap out of Israel until it no longer exists. The truth is Israel is an existential threat to the future of the United States and the freedom it once had before the Jews took complete control.

    Israel is the real enemy, not Iran.

  4. Israel must be taught
    to stop all genocides
    cease all banking theft and monetary swindles
    no more land theft
    until then we must each and every one of us joing the boycott

  5. It’s deja vu all over again. ……GULF OF TONKIN,

  6. “We Jews, the destroyers,will remain the destroyers forever. Nothing the Gentiles do will meet out needs, our demands. We want a world of our own.” Maurice Samuel.

    They seem not to mind at all that they will inherit a terrible, miserable, broken and destroyed world, all for themselves/

    Strange people.