Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of Hormuz

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News of the first tanker being seized came out about seven hours ago. Now it is two tankers seized. And no response or comment from the WH or Pentagon yet.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is "extremely concerned" by the seizure of two tankers by Iran.

The Stena Impero is British-flagged and the Mesdar is Liberian-flagged but British owned.

The Stena Impero's owners say they have been unable to contact their vessel, which was "heading north towards Iran".

They say there are 23 personnel on board the British-flagged oil tanker and it was approached by "unidentified small crafts and a helicopter".

The government's emergency committee, Cobra, is meeting in Whitehall later for the second time on Friday to discuss the incident.

Mr Hunt said the seizures were "unacceptable" and the emergency meeting would review what the UK could do to "swiftly secure the release of the two vessels".

"It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region," he added.
Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of Hormuz
 
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News of the first tanker being seized came out about seven hours ago. Now it is two tankers seized. And no response or comment from the WH or Pentagon yet.



Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of Hormuz
The British Navy has a strong presence in the Gulf and they have chased off attempted seizures before. Since these ships are British owned I'm betting that the US is letting them take the lead on this issue. I'd suggest that they use armed escorts but that would stretch the available assets very thin. The Iranians didn't get the desired response from attacking tankers last time and are running out of options.
 
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Things were going so well in the Strait when the U.S. and Iran were observing the treaty. Thanks for nothing, Donnie boy.

I wonder if dotard and his lemmings understand that the second he’s gone, anything and everything he has done will be reversed in the shortest amount of time possible?
 
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3 make it about Trump posts in a row. Getting desperate. Guess the loony bin is really worried that Trump will get a win in the gulf, correcting the regressive conditions created by Obama. Conditions in Britain are getting to the point that the Brits may have to go on the offensive since they Iranians are picking on British ships now.
Meanwhile back in the USA:
Shattuck: Iran must pay price for piracy
 
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3 make it about Trump posts in a row. Getting desperate. Guess the loony bin is really worried that Trump will get a win in the gulf, correcting the regressive conditions created by Obama. Conditions in Britain are getting to the point that the Brits may have to go on the offensive since they Iranians are picking on British ships now.
Meanwhile back in the USA:
Shattuck: Iran must pay price for piracy
Send neocon Bolton over first. He's wants a war like no one else.
 
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EEEhhh the 4th of July has come and gone. It's two long months till labor day. The oil companies need some excuse to jack up the price of gas !!
 
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3 make it about Trump posts in a row. Getting desperate. Guess the loony bin is really worried that Trump will get a win in the gulf, correcting the regressive conditions created by Obama. Conditions in Britain are getting to the point that the Brits may have to go on the offensive since they Iranians are picking on British ships now.
Meanwhile back in the USA:
Shattuck: Iran must pay price for piracy
They are always "make it about Trump" posts because Trump has rubbed his slimy fingers on every aspect of our foreign policy and ruined it. Pulled out of the peace treaty with Iran, fucked everyone trading with china, did nothing to North Korea, pissed off Europe, and had tea and crumpets with the most repressive nation in the world.
 
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3 make it about Trump posts in a row. Getting desperate. Guess the loony bin is really worried that Trump will get a win in the gulf, correcting the regressive conditions created by Obama. Conditions in Britain are getting to the point that the Brits may have to go on the offensive since they Iranians are picking on British ships now.
Meanwhile back in the USA:
Shattuck: Iran must pay price for piracy
FWIW, GB seized one of their oil tankers almost two weeks ago.

https://nypost.com/2019/07/04/tanker-full-of-iranian-oil-intercepted-en-route-to-syria/


"A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States."


I'm not giving Iran an excuse here, but they didn't just do this willy-nilly. It was retaliation.