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WorldU.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack

17:59  19 june  2019
17:59  19 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Fragments recovered from one of two tankers crippled by explosions in the Gulf of Oman last week bear a “striking resemblance” to limpet mines that Iran has previously displayed, United States Navy officials told reporters on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates.

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman "The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/STAFF A general view of Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, saying the mines bore a striking resemblance to Iranian ones.

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/CHRISTOPHER PIKE A member of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet prepares to escort journalists to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker at a U.S. NAVCENT facility near the port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates The United States, waging a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran to curb its nuclear and regional activities, has been trying to build an international consensus that Iran was behind last week's blasts, as well as a May 12 strike on four oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates.

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Oil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman Two oil tankers have caught fire after being attacked in the Gulf of Oman. © Other The fire on board one of the ships - believed to be the Front Altair Taiwan's state oil refiner CPC Corp said one of them, the Front Altair, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo". Maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global said it was "on fire and adrift". require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have

U . S . Navy Fifth Fleet escorts journalists to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker , at a U . S . NAVCENT facility near the port of Fujairah, United Arab “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been

Tehran has denied any involvement in both attacks near the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for global oil supplies, but the incidents have raised fears of broader confrontation in the Gulf region.

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/CHRISTOPHER PIKE An Emirati official watches members of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet as they prepare to escort journalists to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker at a U.S. NAVCENT facility near the port of Fujairah The U.S. military previously released images it said showed Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous, which was hit by explosions along with the Norwegian-owned Front Altair ship on June 13.

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/STRINGER Members of the crew of Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker are seen off the coast of Fujairah "The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades," said Commander Sean Kido, commanding officer of an explosive ordinance dive and salvage task group in the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

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* US Navy says has mine fragments resembling Iranian ones. FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates, June 19 (Reuters) - The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week

U . s . displays mine fragments , magnet . In the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah on Wednesday, the U . S . Navy exhibited pieces of limpet “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been

He was speaking to reporters at a NAVCENT facility near the UAE port of Fujairah. Small fragments said to have been removed from the Kokuka Courageous were on display alongside a magnet purportedly left by the IRCG team allegedly captured on video.

NO "FLYING OBJECT"

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/CHRISTOPHER PIKE Members of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet prepare to escort journalists to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker at a U.S. NAVCENT facility near the port of Fujairah The Japanese company that owns the Kokuka Courageous had said that its ship was damaged by two "flying objects", but NAVCENT dismissed this.

"The damage at the blast hole is consistent with a limpet mine attack, it is not consistent with an external flying object striking the ship," Kido said, adding that nail holes visible in the hull indicated how the mine was attached to the ship.

The location of the mine above the ship's waterline indicated the intention was not to sink the vessel, he said.

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Iran attempted to shoot down US drone over tanker attack site in Gulf of Oman Iran attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone that was surveilling the attack on one of two tankers hit in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday morning, U.S. Central Command said. The attempt missed the MQ-9 Reaper by "approximately one kilometer." The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous along with another tanker, the Front Altair, were damaged by mines that the U.S. said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had placed on the ship's hulls. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, saying the mines bore a striking resemblance to Iranian ones. The United States, waging a "maximum pressure" sanctions.

Kido also said NAVCENT had collected biometric information including fingerprints from the ship's hull that would help in building a criminal case.

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/CHRISTOPHER PIKE U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet escorts journalists to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker, at a U.S. NAVCENT facility near the port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates He said the United States was working with regional partners on a "joint and combined investigation", but declined to name the countries taking part.

Washington and Riyadh have publicly blamed Iran for last week's attack and the sabotaging last month of four ships, including two Saudi tankers, off Fujairah, a major bunkering hub. Several European nations have said more evidence is needed.

The UAE has said an inquiry into the May 12 attack pointed to a state actor, without naming a country. That inquiry said it was highly likely that limpet mines placed by trained divers were the cause.

"The dynamics of the two attacks are not clear, and the video that the U.S. said demonstrated Iran's role was also not clear," a Western diplomat in the Gulf told Reuters.

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US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers The Pentagon is releasing new photos that officials say show that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard were responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf. The military says the photos taken from a Navy helicopter show Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Other photos show a large hole on the side of the Courageous, above the water line, that officials say appears to have been caused by another mine.

Pompeo Says Intelligence Points to Iran in Tanker Attack in Gulf of. The US Navy discovered an unexploded mine that appears to be evidence of Iran ' s culpability in Thursday' s attacks . The USS Bainbridge, a US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday afternoon that Iran was responsible

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have

"The European line is that de-escalation (from possible conflict) must be a priority. Abu Dhabi is very much in line with the EU views on this," the diplomat said.

U.S. Navy says mine fragments, magnet point to Iran in Gulf tanker attack© Reuters/STRINGER A general view of Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker off the coast of Fujairah U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Washington would maintain its pressure campaign on Iran and continue to deter aggression in the region but does not want the confrontation with Tehran to escalate.

The United States said on Monday it would send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, in addition to a 1,500-troop increase announced last month that it said was prompted by Iranian threats.

A Western military source told Reuters that countries with military personnel based in the Gulf are waiting for the United States to lead efforts to enhance security in Gulf waters. Frontline, which operates the Front Altair, said on Tuesday the vessel was in stable condition anchored off Fujairah and that it was working with third parties, including governmental officials, to determine the cause of the blast. It ruled out mechanical or human error. "Until further information is received regarding the cause of the explosion and the security of this important shipping lane is secured, Frontline will exercise extreme caution when considering new contracts in the region," it said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Abdelhadi al-Ramahi, Sylvia Westall and Davide Barbuscia in Dubai; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous and Mark Heinrich)

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