UK Tanker Seized by Iran in Strait of Hormuz- Is This War?
The UK Tanker Stena Impero has reportedly been seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz (Fox). It has a crew of 23, and the owners of the vessel have not been able to contact it, as tracking indicates it is sailing toward Iran after being accosted by several smaller vessels and a helicopter. Add to that another UK tanker, the Liberian MV Mesdar, also British owned, has come up missing as well and appears to be headed toward Iran, according to maritime tracking.
Tasnim, an Iranian media owned by the IRGC said: “We received some reports on the British oil tanker, Stena Impero, causing problems. We asked the military forces to guide this tanker towards Bandar Abbas port to have the required investigations carried out.”
“Causing problems” – Iran is causing problems that could lead to war. The Stena Impero was on its way to Saudi Arabia and in international waters, when it was seized at around 1600 BST (British Summer Time Zone) on Friday (UK Defence Journal). That the IRGC has seized TWO British flagged oil /chemical tankers in one day is extreme. This comes after admitting that they seized another “foreign tanker” a few days ago.
Looking at Marine traffic it would appear that the Stena Impero was seized by the IRGC whilst the tanker was in international waters/ Oman territorial waters, therefore the IRGC has no authority = a very bad cover story from Iran#Iran #UK pic.twitter.com/gDgkbr69IG— CNW (@ConflictsW) July 19, 2019
BREAKING Sources and some Iranian media say UK tanker Stena Impero "has been driven to Iran". If confirmed it's the umpteenth challenge by Teheran against UK and US.@IsraeliPM @IsraelMFA @IDF @RosannaMrtnz pic.twitter.com/EnVHpHmC41— Unofficial ✡MOSSAD✡ (@MossadNews) July 19, 2019
The seizing of the UK tankers has set oil prices climbing in Britain. The Ministry of Defense emergency group called “Cobra” has been summoned to a meeting on the attacks.
They’ve stepped in a hornet’s nest now.