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Blinken vows no ‘impunity’ for Iran over ship attack

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (AFP) August 10, 2021 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday renewed vows to punish Iran for attacking a tanker, saying the world cannot allow "impunity." Speaking to a virtual Security Council session on maritime security, Blinken said the explosions in late July on the Israeli-linked [...]

By |August 10th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

How world community should see Iranian state piracy in the Gulf

Tugboats are moored next to the Israeli-linked tanker MT Mercer Street, off the Fujairah port in the UAE, on August 3, 2021. (AFP) By Track Persia August 9, 2021 On 3 August, a group of Iranian-backed forces was reported to have seized an oil tanker in the Gulf off the coast of the [...]

By |August 9th, 2021|Europe, Middle East, USA|

Iran quietly replaced ‘Saviz’ spy ship in Red Sea

The MV Saviz ship owned by the state-linked Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. (Supplied) August 9, 2021 The US was monitoring Iranian ship movements in the Middle East as Tehran quietly replaced a spy ship, Saviz, in the Red Sea damaged in an April attack, two US officials told CNN. Tehran towed [...]

By |August 9th, 2021|Middle East|

Sensing a shift in power dynamic, Iran steps up shadow war with Israel

An Israeli bombs expert, accompanied by two soldiers, inspects the remains of a rocket that was fired at Israel from Lebanon, in Kiryat Shmona, Israel August 4, 2021. (Reuters) August 7, 2021 As the Middle East sweats through an August heatwave, temperatures are rising rapidly in the long-running conflict between Israel and Iran. [...]

By |August 7th, 2021|Middle East|

MV Mercer Street attack puts spotlight on IRGC’s secretive drone unit

IRGC chief Gen. Hossein Salami (L) and Amir Ali Hajizadeh commander of Aerospace Force of the IRGC, unveiling a new combat drone called ‘Gaza’, in Tehran, on May 21, 2021. (AFP) By Ehsan Mehrabi August 7, 2021 On Friday, August 6 the foreign ministers of the G7 countries issued a damning joint statement [...]

By |August 7th, 2021|Middle East|

Iran denies role in tanker attack, says seeks Gulf security

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street off Cape Town, South Africa, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP) August 7, 2021 Iran on Saturday rejected as psychological warfare accusations that it was behind a deadly attack on a tanker off Oman’s coast, and said Tehran sought to enhance the security of the strategic Gulf waterway. Foreign [...]

By |August 7th, 2021|Middle East|

Drones used in attack on Israeli-managed ship were produced in Iran: US CENTCOM

The oil tanker Mercer Street is seen off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 4, 2021. (Maxar) August 7, 2021 Evidence has shown that drones used in the attack on the Israeli-managed tanker off Oman’s coast on Thursday were made in Iran, US experts say in a report released by the [...]

By |August 7th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

G7 countries condemn attack on tanker off Oman, blame Iran

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, poses for a photo with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of bilateral talks as part of the G7 foreign ministers meeting near London, May 3, 2021. (AP) August 6, 2021 The Group of Seven leading industrialized countries on Friday jointly condemned last week’s attack on [...]

By |August 6th, 2021|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Security Council to discuss deadly tanker attack on Friday

Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, July 20, 2015. (AP) August 5, 2021 Britain will discuss a deadly tanker attack off the coast of Oman during a closed-door United Nations Security Council on Friday, diplomats said, but the [...]

By |August 5th, 2021|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s rapid oil return looks less likely after ship attacks

An Iranian oil tanker is seen floating on the Caspian Sea, 29 April 2014. (AFP) By Anthony Di Paola and Salma El Wardany August 5, 2021 Iran’s oil comeback, already taking longer than many traders expected, will be further complicated by shipping attacks in the past week, including a deadly drone strike on a tanker near the [...]

By |August 5th, 2021|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|