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Saudi oil tankers including one bound for US hit by ‘sabotage attack’ amid Iran standoff

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TWO Saudi oil tankers were hit by a “sabotage attack” off the United Arab Emirates, it was announced this morning – as tensions flare between the US and Iran.

The ships were struck off the coast of the port of Fujairah – with one of the tankers due to be loaded with Saudi crude oil bound for the United States.

 Two oil tankers were hit by a 'sabotage attack' off the coast of the UAE - with one of the ships bound for America (stock photo)

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Two oil tankers were hit by a ‘sabotage attack’ off the coast of the UAE – with one of the ships bound for America (stock photo)
 Tensions have been rising since American intelligence uncovered Iranian plans to disrupt US interests in the region

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Tensions have been rising since American intelligence uncovered Iranian plans to disrupt US interests in the region
 Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said the ships both sustained 'significant damage', but did not give details about the nature of the attack

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Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said the ships both sustained ‘significant damage’, but did not give details about the nature of the attack

US B-52 bombers arrive in Middle East to counter ‘credible threat’ of Iran missile strike

Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih revealed the tankers suffered “significant damage” – although it was unclear what the attack involved.

He said: “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels.”

Trading and shipping sources identified the Saudi ships as Bahri-owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Amjad and crude tanker Al Marzoqah.

A huge US naval presence has built up in the Gulf over recent days amid a fevered standoff between Washington and Tehran.

US intelligence revealed Iran was on the verge of carrying out offensive action to disrupt and attack American and partner interests in the region.

It led to the deployment of US aircraft carriers, Patriot missiles and B52 bombers over recent days.

RISING TENSION

On Friday, a senior Iranian cleric said the US fleet could be wiped out “with a single missile”.

And the hardline Iranian Revolutionary Guard said it was not prepared to enter into talks with President Donald Trump – who had called for negotiations over ending Iran’s nuclear programme.

Just minutes before the sabotage attack was revealed today, the US Maritime Administration warned shippers to exercise caution when travelling past Fujairah.

The general-secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council described the sabotage as a “serious escalation” in an overnight statement.

Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said: “Such irresponsible acts will increase tension and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger.”

Earlier this month, the Maritime Administration warned that U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers sailing through key Middle East waterways could be targeted by Iran in one of the threats to U.S. interests posed by Tehran.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman called the incidents on Sunday to ships near the coast of Fujairah “worrisome and dreadful”, and asked for an investigation into the matter.

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22 Comments on "Saudi oil tankers including one bound for US hit by ‘sabotage attack’ amid Iran standoff"

  1. Gaia on Mon, 13th May 2019 2:47 pm 

    This was a false flag attack carried out by Mossad and the CIA.

  2. Gaia on Mon, 13th May 2019 2:49 pm 

    America and Israel as a whole is insane.

  3. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 2:52 pm 

    Wondering how long it would take for our ‘Peakness’ to run this story-;
    In fact, it’s so old, so unproven, bots have already forgotten it.

    The sad truth, traders run by AI bots have a firm handle on oil prices these days. Most computers care less about B-52 bombers than S&P Averages.
    (unless B-52’s actually drop bombs).

    One or two days later computers will be on to something else, like Trump’s ‘war on trade’ for instance. What’s the diff to a Bot, war on ‘trade’ or
    war on ‘Iran’? None.

    If trump manages to wag his pretend ‘dog’ hard enough we will know, fast .

    Ironically, it’s Trump supporters taking the brunt
    of this president’s poor management skills.

    It’s up to you, MAGA Hats. tell Trump to lay off
    Iran, pick on someone his own size, like Venezuela

    See how quickly even YOU forgot about Venezuela? W/O VZ output we is totally screwed.

    Canada stopped growing pipelines for health reasons. So, no help there.

    XOM is still a year away from delivering from an elephant field in Guyana.

    Its simplicity folks. W/O VZ
    we is, like I say, screwed.

    Bombing Iran, even a little, will bring such financial disaster it will take decades for recovery.
    (if ever)
    Some here always wondered how Trump would take us all down. We knew it would happen, why now?

  4. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:00 pm 

    Gala, so far, theres no flag. Real or False.

    Attackers of pipelines, for that is the case, almost never leave calling cards (forwarding addresses)

    We experience pipelines cut or exploded somewhere on Earth almost daily.

    Ships are just more emotionally exciting.

    I wish Terrorists, if they need to send a message used Twitter, like Our Beloved President.

  5. Cloggie on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:12 pm 

    “This was a false flag attack carried out by Mossad and the CIA.”

    Even mobster admits (gloats) that 9/11 was done by the world’s professional false flag champs, US-Israel.

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:29 pm 

    German news now, very serious mood. Military strike before elections likely.

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/atomabkommen-eu-aussenminister-warnen-usa-vor-krieg-mit-iran-a-1267260.html

    ARD says that the US wants regime change in Iran, not militarily, but via building up internal pressure.

    ARD skeptical that this will succeed.

    ARD expects that Iran will retaliate via KSA, not the US.

  7. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:36 pm 

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Iran with a “bad problem” Monday following news that Saudi Arabian oil tankers were sabotaged near the Persian Gulf.

    “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. “They’re not going to be happy.”

    Asked to clarify what he meant by a “bad problem,” Trump responded: “You can figure it out yourself. They know what I mean by it.”

    Trump’s remarks come amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran. The Trump administration has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. And the Pentagon is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

    More: Aircraft carrier, bombers shifted to Middle East to send message to Iran

    Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.

  8. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:58 pm 

    Iran isn’t Granada. America’s last great intervention victory.

    Pentagon ‘war-games’ computer projections has us either losing and/or destabilizing the entire region causing enormous numbers of deaths and human displacement.

    One thing certain, if we continue to block Iranian
    crude there will be Hell to Pay. Blockades are ‘acts of war’. We don’t know who cooked up tanker attacks. We do know who signed off on the Iran blockade.

    For instance, where will a billion survivors go to escape a radio active land?
    As if a three million strong refugee situation isn’t terrible and slated to worsen on account of global warming.

  9. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:58 pm 

    Hint:
    There is a reason Iran has not been hit with US weapons.
    Even the Fat Boy probably understands.

  10. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 4:27 pm 

    Could it be spelled S/400? Duncan Idaho?
    Note, once Iran took delivery of S/300 & S/400
    AA weapons Israel stopped threatening Iran.

    Instead, Israel and Saudi Arabia prefer Americans
    to do the dirty work.

    Look behind the green door. Trump is a lousy business man, a fake, a fool, a terrible cheat, a bald faced lier and a nut job. BUT,
    I don’t believe he’s a war monger. That’s what megalomaniacs behave*.

    If war comes between his reelection chances and prison however, he’ll go to war. If the war turns out badly he’ll just blame Bolton. If that doesn’t work he’ll throw in a few more advisors. Maybe the CIA and FBI to boot. He will claim false Intel.

    *Megalomania definition is – a mania for great or grandiose performance. How to use megalomania in a sentence. a mania for great or grandiose performance; a delusional mental illness that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur

  11. Cloggie on Mon, 13th May 2019 4:48 pm 

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Iran with a “bad problem” Monday following news that Saudi Arabian oil tankers were sabotaged near the Persian Gulf.

    It can be feared that Iran and the rest of the world, now have a good problem.

    a bald faced lier

    You mean to say that Trump is a lazy person, who spends a lot of time in his bed, without his toupee on?!

  12. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 13th May 2019 5:48 pm 

    The wood has been dried and all it needs now is a match (false flag)..And Iran will be crushed into powder..

    The dynamic duo gets the job done every time..

  13. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 13th May 2019 8:26 pm 

    from the BBC

    “Intertanko, an association of independent tanker owners and operators, said it had seen pictures showing that “at least two ships have holes in their sides due to the impact of a weapon”, Reuters news agency reported.”

  14. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 13th May 2019 8:30 pm 

    According to the IEA, an estimated 50 million electric vehicles will be in operation by 2025, and 300 million by 2040, compared to about 2 million vehicles currently on the road. That growth is expected to reduce global oil demand by 2.5 million barrels a day or about 2%. A factor of 6-to-1 easily offsets that reduction with increased demand from petrochemicals, trucks, shipping and aviation – areas the IEA says could lead to net demand growth of up to 14 million barrels a day.

    All told, the IEA expects net oil demand to be 12 million barrels a day higher in 2040 compared to 2016.

    https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/GlobalEVOutlook2017.pdf

  15. Cloggie on Tue, 14th May 2019 1:28 am 

    The dynamic duo gets the job done every time..

    Oh yeah, just like in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria… e-ve-ry-time-a-gain

    ROFL

  16. Cloggie on Tue, 14th May 2019 1:31 am 

    According to the IEA, an estimated 50 million electric vehicles will be in operation by 2025, and 300 million by 2040

    That’s the same IEA, the mobster always uses to spread the message that by 2020 peak oil will hit and that by 2025 “we will be eating our children”.

    The truth is we won’t be needing 300 million vehicles by 2040. 50 million autonomous 8p e-vans can handle the traffic, 1 billion gasoline cars handle today.

  17. Cloggie on Tue, 14th May 2019 2:13 am 

    The US accuses Iran for the 4 acts of sabotage in the Gulf and I for once believe the US, as Iran is the only one with an interest in halting all traffic from the Gulf, if they can ‘t export their own oil anymore.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7025339/Official-Initial-US-assessment-blames-Iran-ship-attacks.html

    “It WAS sabotage: Iran ‘used EXPLOSIVES’ to blow holes in four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, anchored in the Persian Gulf, amid building tensions between the US and Iran”

    The downside is that the acts of sabotage were pretty clumsy, with a level of incompetence with an almost Islamic flavor about it, and no ship was sunk, unfortunately. The best thing that can happen in the eyes of Russia-loving neo-Gaullists such as myself is that the EU becomes fully dependent on $500 Russian oil, after all oil flow from the Gulf has halted completely. That would be worth the subsequent economic crash, forcing Europe to increase the speed of the energy transition, while sending all the young women home to have their children for a change, rather than hacking on a computer for corporate interests, earning money that will be spent only on worthless cars, world trips and what have you.

  18. Davy on Tue, 14th May 2019 5:11 am 

    “The truth is we won’t be needing 300 million vehicles by 2040. 50 million autonomous 8p e-vans can handle the traffic, 1 billion gasoline cars handle today.”

    LOL, you better get in gear, cloggo, Autonomous EV’s are not making much waves yet IMO they never will. How about we just learn to drive less in a poorer world.

  19. Davy on Tue, 14th May 2019 6:09 am 

    “The best thing that can happen in the eyes of Russia-loving neo-Gaullists such as myself is that the EU becomes fully dependent on $500 Russian oil, after all oil flow from the Gulf has halted completely.”

    LMFAO. cloggo, it used to be the EU would end its need for oil but now it is suckle on Russia’s oil teets. What a joke. Your positions change by the day. You can’t figure out where you really are.

  20. onlooker on Tue, 14th May 2019 8:50 am 

    Gaia is right. The crime us committed by CIA and MOSSAD. As they say in criminal law, the defendant had the opportunity, the means and the motivation

  21. Nostradamus on Tue, 14th May 2019 11:40 pm 

    Follow the money… Increased tension in the Persian Gulf will drive up the price of oil. All the countries in that area will benefit.

  22. Jaunpee sock on Wed, 15th May 2019 4:55 am 

    Nostradamus on Tue, 14th May 2019 11:40 pm

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