US destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz, says Trump

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President Donald Trump has said the US Navy destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. He said the USS Boxer amphibious assault ship “took defensive action” on Thursday after the drone came within about 1,000 yards (914m) of the vessel. Iran said it had no information about losing a drone. In June, Iran downed a US military drone …

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker in the Gulf, state TV says

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State television quoted the Revolutionary Guards as saying the vessel was holding one million litres of fuel, accusing the crew of oil smuggling Iran has seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying on Thursday. “A foreign vessel smuggling one million litres of fuel in the Lark Island of the Gulf …

Vanished Strait of Hormuz tanker ‘towed to Iran for repairs’, says Tehran

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The ship’s tracking device was turned off on Saturday night, and the vessel has not been in contact with its owner since An oil tanker that disappeared in the Arabian Gulf was towed to Iranian waters for repairs, Tehran has claimed. It emerged on Tuesday that US officials feared the Panamanian-flagged, UAE-based Riah had been seized by Iran after it vanished in …

Iran seizes ‘fuel-smuggling’ tanker in Gulf

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State television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying the ship had been smuggling one million litres (220,000 gallons) of fuel. It is not yet confirmed if it is the UAE-based Riah tanker that stopped transmitting its position as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday. Iran said earlier this week it had come to the aid of a …

Commercial ships warned against using private armed security in the Gulf

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Shipping associations issue advice after a series of attacks blamed on Iran Shipping companies sailing through the Arabian Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards on board as the risk of escalation in the region rises. Relations between Iran and the West have become increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar last week …

UK deploys destroyer to Arabian Gulf as Iran tensions heighten

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Increased presence in the region a response to Tehran’s attempt to interdict a British naval tanker Britain has increased its military commitment in the Arabian Gulf by sending a second warship to the region as it seeks to offer reassurance to merchant shipping amid escalating tensions with Iran. HMS Duncan, a Type-45 destroyer, has been ordered to sail to the …

UK orders ‘heightened security’ for all British-flagged vessels in the Strait of Hormuz as Iran threatens shipping

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The UK Department of Transport has ordered all British-flagged vessels operating in and around the Strait of Hormuz to switch to a state of “heightened security,” Sky News reported Thursday.  The alert comes just one day after three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats attempted to seize the BP oil tanker British Heritage near the Strait of Hormuz.  The IRGC forces …

Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker

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(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 the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by the Iranian boats. …

Iranian boats ‘tried to intercept British tanker’

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Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, a UK government spokesman has said.  HMS Montrose positioned itself between the three boats and the tanker British Heritage before issuing verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, he said. He described the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to international …

US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters

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The US says it wants to create an international military coalition to safeguard waters around Iran and Yemen.  Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he wanted to “ensure freedom of navigation” in the region, which provides essential trade routes.  The US has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in May and June.  …

Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker

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An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released. British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday, after it was suspected of carrying oil from Iran to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions. Iran later summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about …

Oil tanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar

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Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker on its way to Syria thought to be breaching EU sanctions, the government of Gibraltar has said. Authorities said there was reason to believe the ship – Grace 1 – was carrying Iranian crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria. The refinery is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria. Britain’s ambassador …

Gibraltar seizes Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria

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By Bianca Britton, Arnaud Siad, Nada Bashir and Samantha Beech, CNN Updated 0137 GMT (0937 HKT) July 5, 2019 (CNN)British Royal Marines in Gibraltar stormed an Iranian ship believed to have been carrying oil to Syria on Thursday, in what authorities said was a violation of European Unionsanctions on Syria. Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies, aided by the British marines, detained the Grace 1 super tanker early …