US CENTCOM releases grainy video of boat to accuse Iran of attacks

Press TV – June 14, 2019

The US military has released a grainy video that it claims showed an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokura Courageous attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

The video was released by the US Central Command late Thursday, purportedly showing “Iranian sailors” removing a mine from the Kokura Courageous’ hull.

In the video, a smaller boat is shown coming up to the side of the Japanese-owned tanker. An individual stands up on the bow of the boat and can be seen removing an object from the tanker’s hull.

The US claims that the object is likely an unexploded mine.

“At 4:10 p.m. local time an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous,” the CENTCOM said in a statement.

It also provided a Powerpoint slide that it claimed showed “damage from an explosion and a likely limpet mine on the hull of the civilian vessel M/V Kokuka Courageous”

The US military says its destroyer USS Bainbridge, as well as a US drone and P-8 aircraft, had been on the scene for four hours before the alleged Iranian boat arrived. US defense officials claim that the Iranians were seeking to recover evidence of their involvement in the attack.

The Japanese ship operator on Friday disputed the US claims, saying its sailors on board the Kokuka Courageous saw “flying objects” just before the attack, suggesting the tanker wasn’t damaged by mines.

“The crew told us something came flying at the ship, and they found a hole,” President Yutaka Katada of Kokuka Sangyo told a press conference in Tokyo. “Then some crew witnessed the second shot.”

Social media users also challenged the US video, saying its low-quality did not indicate either the country to which the boat and its crew belonged or the purpose of what they apparently did.

The footage was released a few hours after the administration of US President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the attacks without providing evidence.

“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” Pompeo said.

The attacks came as the world was awaiting the news of a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah  Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran

Iranian rescuers were the first to rush to the assistance of the two oil tankers after they sent a distress call, transferring all of their 44 crew members to Iran’s southern shores.

“While Japan’s prime minister is meeting with the number one figure of the Islamic Republic of Iran to reduce tensions, which clandestine hands seek to undermine these efforts in the region and who benefit from it?” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday.

Jon Alterman of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, said, “There is always the possibility that somebody is trying to blame the Iranians.”

“But there is the greater likelihood that this represents an effort” to create a perceived international urgency to have the United States and Iran talk, he added.

The attacks surprisingly coincided with Ayatollah Khamenei dismissing any negotiation between Iran and the US during a meeting with Prime Minister Abe and refusing to accept any message from President Donald Trump.



7 responses to “US CENTCOM releases grainy video of boat to accuse Iran of attacks”

  1. Its pathetic it has every hallmark of a false flag event
    mosad really are stupid if they think anyone would fall for this

  2. I agree with big ron, I was in the navy and know that general area
    yes Mossad 100% they are the false flag idiots of the world
    i hope some one bombs israel soon

  3. This is absolutely and utterly preposterous!

    “The M/T Kokuka Courageous was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous,” the CENTCOM said in a statement.”

    I’m sure it’s an unexploded mine! Just look at the video. it’s obvious!

    I’m going to email our noble and upstanding Secretary of State, Mike Pompedo as well as our National Security advisor, John Boltoff and recommend that they not let the biggest supporter of terrorism get away with such a heinous act!

    I’m also going to explore the possibility of organizing a worldwide telethon to raise some money for our pentagoons in Pentagoonia so they can buy some cameras or at least some cell phones equipped with modern cameras. They would also need some training courses on how to use the devices properly.

    We need to support Trump troops if we ever want to win the war on terror. These evil Iranian terrorists shouldn’t be allowed to get away with these dreadful acts of barbarism!

    The Fetch destroys lying (((Bjerknes)))

  4. Well sure, I always remove unexploded ordnance with my hands, just pull it out. Unexploded grenades, pipe bombs, missiles, you name it, I just pick that stuff up with my hands.

  5. the purveyors of terror are israelis
    see this

  6. For if you [the rulers] suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves [outlaws] and then punish them.´ – Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

  7. I agree; FAKE!

    It could be ANYONE, including Marines or paid actors dressed up to ‘look’ the part of Iranians….Iran has no need of a war rihgt now…..only teh neocons and Israel benefit form this!