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Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Old 14th Jun 2019, 14:10
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If it looks like a Duck, waddles like a Duck, quacks like a Duck....it might just be a Duck!
It might just be another lie designed to lie the region into war.

Why would Iranians attack a Japanese ship when their PM is in the country?
Why would they obviously be at the scene of the crime when they know surveillance drones would be watching their every move?
Why would anyone believe a blurry, non specific video as definite proof of anything? I remember some grainy long distance photos were proof of Iraq's supposed WMD's?

In this case the "duck" is an American administration with known Iran regime changers Pompeo and Bolton leading the charge who have no qualms about lying to get into a war. Iraq WMD's or Kuwaiti incubator babies come to mind? Even in the off chance that the Iranian government was directly responsible (despite it going against logic), who is going to believe or support them? Nobody.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 14:46
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You keep repeating yourself post after post.....but never offer any evidence to support your wild conjecture.

Care to enlighten us about why you think as you do?

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Old 14th Jun 2019, 15:25
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From the Times article...

It is assumed Iran does not actually want a war - which would be devastating to it and, if Mr Bolton had his way at least, could well end the Islamic Republic altogether.
That is comedy gold, right there. Just like it worked in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 15:35
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https://www.navy.mil/submit/display....campaign=Fight

U.S. CENTCOM Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman

TAMPA (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.

Both vessels were in international waters in the Gulf of Oman approximately 10 nautical miles apart at the time of the distress calls. USS Bainbridge was approximately 40 nautical miles away from the M/T Altair at the time of the attack, and immediately began closing the distance.

At 8:09 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observed an IRGC Hendijan class patrol boat and multiple IRGC fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft (FAC/FIAC) in the vicinity of the M/T Altair.

At 9:12 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observes the FAC/FIAC pull a raft from the M/T Altair from the water.

At 9:26 a.m. local time the Iranians requested that the motor vessel Hyundai Dubai, which had rescued the sailors from the M/T Altair, to turn the crew over to the Iranian FIACs. The motor vessel Hyundai Dubai complied with the request and transferred the crew of the M/T Altair to the Iranian FIACs.

At 11:05 a.m. local time USS Bainbridge approaches the Dutch tug Coastal Ace, which had rescued the crew of twenty-one sailors from the M/T Kokuka Courageous who had abandoned their ship after discovering a probable unexploded limpet mine on their hull following an initial explosion.

While the Hendijan patrol boat appeared to attempt to get to the tug Coastal Ace before USS Bainbridge, the mariners were rescued by USS Bainbridge at the request of the master of the M/T Kokuka Courageous. The rescued sailors are currently aboard USS Bainbridge.

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 (video attached).

The U.S. and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests. Today's attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.

The U.S. and the international community, stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation.

The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.

Updates can be found on www.centcom.mil, https://twitter.com/CENTCOM,

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Old 14th Jun 2019, 15:51
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Ah, so quite a few inconsistencies and loose ends got tied together in that article. Many thanks, ORAC.

There are several left, however. It has been suggested in the J press for example that as the Kokuka Courageous was Panama flagged, the attackers probably did not know of the Japanese connection. Some Philippino crew members are still insisting on seeing some kind of missile, projectile, or incoming round following the first limpet explosion.

(One one level you could say that these were hijacks, Iranian style, for the crews.)
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 20:02
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Combat veterans need to start standing up to inform people about the reality of 21st century warfare.
Maybe if people were more informed then politicians would think twice about trying to set entire countries up for a crime they didn't commit. After all, a more informed electorate has the power to say no to idiots like Bolton.
It's amusing to me how absolutely nobody who has served on the ground in direct combat, in Iraq and Afghanistan, wants to see an invasion of Iran.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 20:45
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Just where do you come up with the idea that Iran is being framed for a crime it did not commit?

Care to show your cards and attempt to convince the rest of us of that notion?
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 21:02
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So if Iran is not responsible, who is ?

Two plus two equals four.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 21:10
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Since the Saudi King elected to go with the Americans and not the British.....one must consider the possibility of an MI-6 covert action in all this.

Or perhaps the French....as they mined a Green Peace ship in the past.

If we are going to entertain wild eyed conspiracies....lets lay them all out for consideration.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 21:38
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SASless, don't play silly buggers.

Your President's NSA has been fighting with him for a year now to start regime change.
The same man wrote a significant percentage of the Iraq dossier in 2003 in the knowledge that the ship for intervening had sailed 12 months prior.

He has openly stated, on multiple occasions, that he believes Iran would benefit from regime change. Trump has repeatedly said no. He knows the only way to change the President's mind is to start something. Something like asking Saudi to attack civilian tankers in a covert Op.... maybe.
Do you really want your grand kids engaged in another war in the Middle East that is unwinnable?
Do you want MY generation to spill the same blood - if not more - that your kids' generation (if you have them) spilled at the beginning of the millennia?

I have no moral objection to war but it must first have a purpose that goes beyond making some fat cat shareholder rich.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 23:00
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Originally Posted by BVRAAM View Post
SASless, don't play silly buggers.

Your President's NSA has been fighting with him for a year now to start regime change.
The same man wrote a significant percentage of the Iraq dossier in 2003 in the knowledge that the ship for intervening had sailed 12 months prior.
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NSA and certain elements in US want regime change but seems to be more in the US Regime than Iranian.
It takes courage not to start a war when not needed as in discussions with North Korea.

It is on record that US made overtures to Syria that they would stop supporting Al Qaeda / IS as long as in reconstruction projects the US Contractors got preferrential terms. Assad decided that he would not ban them but no preferential treatment, deal never happened. Not unsurprisingly he had a problem with the word of ANY US official given how easily it gets broken.
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BVRAAM and Racedo.....do you understand the difference between the NSA, CIA, and State Department...their areas of responsibilities and mandate under Federal Law?

It would appear you do not.

Next thing you know you will be blaming us for your own Regime Change that is going on extant.

It seems the UK and the USA are saying it was the Iranians who have attacked the Tankers....even the Guardian is reporting that....and for you two that must be the final word on it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-tanker-attack

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Old 15th Jun 2019, 10:00
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Photos of Iranian limpet mines.......






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Old 15th Jun 2019, 10:08
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https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mi...-idUKKCN1TF1I4

Blast-hit Kokuka tanker being towed towards UAE - operator

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Kokuka Courageous, one of two tankers attacked with explosives on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, is now safely under tow and heading towards the United Arab Emirates’ port of Kalba, south of Fujairah, the ship’s operator said on Friday.

Bernhard Schulte Ship management, updated an earlier statement that had said the ship was heading to the port of Khor Fakkan. A company official said the ship had been rerouted because of congestion in both Khor Fakkan and Fujairah.

Earlier, the Dutch marine engineering firm Boskalis said it had been appointed to salvage the vessel and the other tanker, the Front Altair, operated by Frontline.

“The Kokuka Courageous is stable. Full damage assessments will be carried out, but there is no danger of her sinking and there is no loss of cargo or fuel containment,” the statement said.

http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/new...ourageous.html

SMIT appointed as salvors for tankers Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous

SMIT Salvage has been awarded the contract to salvage both the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

Shortly after the incidents insurers for both vessels appoint the Royal Boskalis Westminster subsidiary as salvors for the ships and their cargoes. The two vessels were hit by explosions and fire resulting the evacuation of the crews.

In the case of aframax Front Altair, Boskalis described the situation with its cargo of naphtha as “still worrisome”.

“The crew was able to safely leave the ship and the fire was extinguished yesterday afternoon. A salvage team was flown in to execute the salvage operation on site with accompanying specialist equipment,” Boskalis said.

As previously reported by managers Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement the Kokuka Courageous is stable and under tow.

“Here too the crew was able to safely leave the vessel after which the ship was stabilized. A towing connection was successfully established yesterday afternoon and the crew was able to return to the vessel. The vessel is currently being towed to a port in the Gulf region,” Boskalis said.
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Corbyn says there is no proof....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48645280
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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
BVRAAM and Racedo.....do you understand the difference between the NSA, CIA, and State Department...their areas of responsibilities and mandate under Federal Law?

It would appear you do not.
It is not whether "I" understand the difference it is whether they understand what their Legal purpose is and keep to it.

The deliberate killing of US citizens, spying on US Citizens without a warrant in the US, etc etc has all been going on. Get out for the agencies is that it was not them doing it but a 3rd party private contractor or a "friendly" ally. The friendly ally who then supplied the information, they "alledgedly" were looking at something else and found something.

As for regime change in the US, the censorship that is currently going on its only the tip of it. They tried to fix 2016 election and it failed, then then went down the route of "Russia" interfered and laughingly Congress found that RT.Com had spent less than $100k promoting stories on Google / Twitter.

Facebook / Twitter / Google / Pininterest have all been caught ensuring anybody who has a voice that the Liberal elite do not like is to be shut down. They are to be the judges of what is acceptable. They are media companies who openly discriminate based on colour and race and then claim it is targeting consumers.
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Corbyn says there is no proof....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48645280
or Exactly what every body else is saying
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https://www.sott.net/article/414959-...-Oman-incident
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..after all - would Corbyn side with another of Israel's enemies or not?
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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
BVRAAM and Racedo.....do you understand the difference between the NSA, CIA, and State Department...their areas of responsibilities and mandate under Federal Law?

It would appear you do not.

Next thing you know you will be blaming us for your own Regime Change that is going on extant.

It seems the UK and the USA are saying it was the Iranians who have attacked the Tankers....even the Guardian is reporting that....and for you two that must be the final word on it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-tanker-attack
National Security Adviser.

Now please don't try to dodge my point.
No, The Guardian isn't my source of information. I am not a lefty or a liberal, but equally I am not an imperialist idiot.
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