On Iran, US should tap allies



June 18, 2019 - 10:20 AM

It was known as the “tanker war.” In 1987, Iran wreaked havoc on global energy supplies moving through the Strait of Hormuz, using mines to attack Kuwaiti oil tankers and eventually triggering direct conflict between U.S. naval forces and Iranian vessels. The U.S. estimated that Iran had attacked more than 160 ships in its campaign to disrupt oil shipments from the Persian Gulf.

Is Tehran now taking a page from its 1980s playbook?

Washington says yes. The U.S. accuses Iran of carrying out a “blatant assault” on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, one Japanese-owned and the other Norwegian-owned. The U.S. believes Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may have used mines in the attacks. On Friday, U.S. Central Command released video that it said showed a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat pulling up alongside one of the tankers and retrieving an unexploded limpet mine off the ship’s hull.

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