Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tehran's threats of retaliation against the UK for seizing a tanker carrying Iranian crude oil for export have prompted a British vessel to shelter in the Gulf, but the rest of the world doesn't seem to be taking them too seriously. Citing local press reports, Middle East Monitor said Tuesday that a Ukrainian tanker carrying Iranian oil as it passed through the Suez Canal ten days ago was seized by the Egyptian government, just as Egypt's State Security Criminal Court was sentencing six people to lengthy jail terms allegedly for spying for Iran.



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Egypt's decision to seize the tanker adds another wrinkle to the intensifying tensions in the region, at a time when Iran is threatening to enrich uranium to any level it deems necessary, in contravention of the terms of the JCPOA.

At the very least, the seizures of the two tankers represent blows to Iran's increasingly fragile economy, and will force ships carrying the contraband crude to rely more on techniques like 'going dark' to avoid enforcement.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-10 03:13 AM | Reply

At this rate Amreeka doesn't have to fire a shot.

The clown/terrorist/mulla nation of Iran will sink on it's own.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-10 03:14 AM | Reply

Iran... when Amreeka turns you into a Zombie and you ain't got nowhere to go, try Trailer of DANNI.

She'll take you in... maybe.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-10 03:19 AM | Reply

How can the U.S. justify support for Egypt, Saudi Arabia or any other terrorist states? Seizing a Ukrainian ship is terrorism, pure and simple. Vlad is probably loving this. Donald will too if Vlad tells him to.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-07-10 08:51 AM | Reply


Wait a minute, what am I doing. I don't post in Tremain threads.

Posted by danni

You ALWAYS do ... after saying you never will.

Posted by J_Tremain

Won't happen again.

Posted by danni

I am sure it will.

Posted by J_Tremain

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-10 09:26 AM | Reply

"techniques like 'going dark' to avoid enforcement"

Doesn't work. Modern maritime surveillance assets look for suspicious indicators, like false AIS signals or no AIS signals.

"Seizing a Ukrainian ship is terrorism, pure and simple"

Nope. In Egyptian territorial waters, it is no more terrorism than the USCG seizing drug boats. Egypt has the right to enforce the law in its territory. I know you have a metaphorical ------ for Ukraine, but use your head, Danni.

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-07-10 09:39 AM | Reply

Doesn't work.


#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-10 10:05 AM | Reply

It's not a Ukrainian ship.

It's a ship owned by Russian Titan Shipping Lines, based in Dubai, UAE, crewed by Ukrainians, flying a Panamanian flag, transporting Iranian crude oil.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-10 10:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Playing American music.

#9 | Posted by Spork at 2019-07-10 08:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Probably. Our pop culture is a dominant force on the planet.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-11 08:25 AM | Reply

Our pop culture is a dominant force on the planet.

#10 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG AT 2019-07-11 08:25 AM

I fart in your general direction! Atif Aslam is King of PakiPop and filmy songs, with a silky voice and plaintive vocals about love for all things, and by things I mean goats!!!


#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-11 01:16 PM | Reply

Atif Aslam

This guy???


Yeah he sings about goats alright...

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-11 02:27 PM | Reply

Oops... wrong vid...

This guy... Atif Aslam...LOL


#13 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-11 02:30 PM | Reply

This is why we should be involved in the middle-east.

Besides, we are net exporter of oil now.

#14 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-12 12:39 AM | Reply

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Oh no they didn't.

#15 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-12 12:41 AM | Reply

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