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Saudi Arabia says two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels. One of the ships was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.

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Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage to the ships or say who might have been responsible.

The reports come as the US warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as the US is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Gulf to counter what it called "threats from Tehran".

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-13 04:10 AM | Reply

Thread already up

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#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-05-13 06:00 AM | Reply

I like how Punchy has become an Al Jazzeera fan in xer desperation to make a false flag argument.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 11:50 AM | Reply

They refuse to say the nature of the "sabotage".

nuff said.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-05-13 11:54 AM | Reply

They refuse to say the nature of the "sabotage".

According to both CBS and the WSJ, a total of 4 ships (two Saudi, one Norwegian and one UAE) were attacked in a similar manner and pursuant to maritime protocol, the nature of the damage and potential causes won't be announced until an investigation is completed by both authorities and the ships insurance carriers, but both the BBC and Reuters report that the ships were impacted by a weapon and the BBC has a photo of the Norwegian ship's damage.

Industry sources told the BBC that the Saudi tankers affected were the Amjad and Al Marzoqah.

Saudi-based Al Arabiya TV aired what it said were the first images of the damaged ships on Monday.

A picture released by the UAE shows a Norwegian-flagged vessel, Andrea Victory, with damage to its hull.

Thome Ship Management, a Norwegian firm which manages the ship, said in a statement that it had been "struck by an unknown object on the waterline" while anchored off Fujairah. No crew members were harmed.

News agency Reuters reports that the fourth vessel is the UAE-flagged A. Michel, a fuel bunker barge.

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.

Four ships 'sabotaged' in the Gulf of Oman amid tensions

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 12:09 PM | Reply

Cui bono? (Hint: Israel)

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-05-13 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6

I actually considered the same thing when I first heard about this, but if it was Israel then they failed miserably, since from the photos that are appearing now in articles the damage wasn't extensive enough to really do anything other than support an insurance claim.

I was thinking Iran's Houthi proxies are responsible, given the relative ineffectiveness of the devices that hit the ships.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 12:18 PM | Reply

"I was thinking Iran's Houthi proxies are responsible"

Of course you were.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-05-13 12:20 PM | Reply

Back at you for Israel, Nerf, at least I considered all possibilities given geography and proximity to the UAE.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 01:18 PM | Reply

According to both CBS and the WSJ, a total of 4 ships (two Saudi, one Norwegian and one UAE) were attacked in a similar manner

Fat Nixon needs his wag the dog moment.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-14 07:37 AM | Reply

I was thinking Iran's Houthi proxies are responsible, given the relative ineffectiveness of the devices that hit the ships.

#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2019-05-13 12:18 PM | FLAG:

They launched 7 completely ineffective drones at Saudi oil assets. They've also been forced to abandon their foothold in Hudaydah and Ras Isa, both critical ports.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-05-14 07:46 AM | Reply

#11

Exactly, I wouldn't be surprised if residue tests show similarities to those attacks.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-14 12:25 PM | Reply

"I was thinking Iran's Houthi proxies are responsible"
Of course you were.

#8 | POSTED BY NERFHERDER AT 2019-05-13 12:20 PM

As Sitz points out, it looks like the Iranians and the Houthi claimed responsibility for the drone attacks on the Saudi pipeline today:

Iranian state media said Tuesday the pipeline attack in Saudi Arabia was carried out by "seven drones of Yemen's armed forces," citing an unnamed Yemeni source who said the operation was "retaliation for Saudi Arabia's aggression and siege of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state."
Yemeni Drones Attack Saudi Oil Pipeline

The attacks seem similar, the only difference is that Iran professed ignorance on the ship attacks.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-14 02:25 PM | Reply

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