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Iran seizes foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Persian Gulf – state media https://on.rt.com/9zdv
Iran has seized a foreign tanker “smuggling” fuel to “some Arab states”, Iran’s state TV reported. The development is the latest escalation in tension in the Persian Gulf.
The tanker was seized by the Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC), the powerful Iranian paramilitary force. An IRGC commander was cited as saying that the tanker had 700,000 liters of fuel on board.
The report said the seven crew members have been arrested by the Iranian authorities.
It is the third foreign tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf of Oman in the past several weeks.
Potus is struggling to gather any coalition to patrol the Straits of Homuz (gulf of tears) trying to stop Iran pinching anymore oil tankers
But with Mike Pompeo the Secretary of State being in Australia last week looks like we will be joining the US and Britain but not hosting any missiles in the north which is a good idea I would say
The Book of Romans Chapter 1 verse 18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,who suppress the truth in unrighteousness
IRAN WARNS THAT ISRAELI PRESENCE IN PERSIAN GULF WOULD LEAD TO WAR
Israel’s presence in the Persian Gulf may lead to a war in the region, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri told Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen.
“The United States and the United Kingdom must assume responsibility for the Zionist regime’s illegal presence in the Persian Gulf waters.”
“Any presence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region,” Tangsiri warned.
Tangsiri alleged that the US and UK are responsible for the situation in the Persian Gulf, mostly by fabricating the various scenarios that they use as justification for their deployments.
Admiral Tangsiri said the IRGC Navy is responsible for ensuring the security of the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and “we don’t need the presence of foreigners.”
“The security of Persian Gulf is among Iran’s priorities, and we believe Iran’s shipping lanes must remain international,” he added.
“Iran is the flag-bearer of security in the Persian Gulf, but that hinges on the export of our oil and the country’s ability to use the region. We’ll ensure the security of Persian Gulf as long as our own security is ensured,” the Admiral concluded.
Finally, Tangsiri warned that any vessel that Iran wishes to seize in the Persian Gulf or the Strait of Hormuz could easily be seized and the US or UK couldn’t impede it. This goes in line with a recent video released of Iranian speed boats chasing a warship in the Persian Gulf.
Around the same time, Iran unveiled a new air defense system – the Khorad 15, according to ISNA.
“The ‘Khordad 15’ air defense system is a symbol of self –esteem, manufactured by Iranian experts,” Defense Minister Amir Hatami said, “It’s an important defensive and advanced achievement, based on today’s world technology.”
According to the defense minister, the system is capable of detecting fighter jets and combat drones at the distance of 150 kilometers and tracking them within 120 kilometers.
The advanced system can also detect stealth targets up to 85 kilometers away and engage and destroy them within 45 kilometers.
“Khordad 15” is designed to simultaneously detect, intercept and shoot six targets, it can also be prepared for action in less than five minutes, the defense minister noted.
This came after on August 7th, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that the country would take part in the US-led Naval mission to ensure security in the Persian Gulf. It is likely that Tel’Aviv would only take part by providing intelligence and “other” activities, but will not deploy ships.
On August 9th, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi warned that the country considers possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security, and reserves the right to counter it.
“Within the framework of the country’s deterrence and defensive policy, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to counter this threat and defend its territory. The US regime and the illegitimate Zionist regime are responsible for all the consequences of this dangerous move.
On August 8th, Defense Minister Amir Hatami warned that a US-led naval mission would only “increase insecurity” and that Israeli involvement would have “disastrous consequences.”
“The military coalition that America is seeking to form with the excuse of securing maritime transport will only increase insecurity in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US Maritime Administration issued an advisory warning that vessels may encounter GPS jamming, misleading communications and other harassment from Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf region.
Tensions in the region pose serious threats to commercial vessels, MARAD warned. Vessels operating in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Gulf of Oman may encounter “GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.”
Guidance in case of Iranian “aggression” were also posted, for US commercial vessels to follow on and possibly set the situation up one false flag away from war.
Ensure AIS is transmitting at all times
Monitor VHF Channel 16
Register with both the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) and U.S. Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Watch when entering the Indian Ocean Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA)
Provide detailed transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz (SoH) and Persian Gulf (PG) to UKMTO and U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS
In the event of any incident or suspicious activity, call UKMTO or Fifth Fleet and activate the SSAS
Answer all VHF calls from coalition navies
Report any calls from a source falsely claiming to be a U.S. or coalition naval vessel to Fifth Fleet.
If hailed by Iranian forces, U.S. flag commercial vessels should affirm that they are proceeding in accordance with international law and notify Fifth Fleet
If Iranian forces seek to board a U.S. flag commercial vessel, the ship’s Master should, if the safety of the ship and crew would not be compromised, decline permission to board and immediately notify Fifth Fleet
If Iranian forces board a U.S. flagged commercial vessel, the crew should not forcibly resist the boarding party. Refraining from forcible resistance does not imply consent or agreement to that boarding.
FBI Starts Going After US Citizens Who Attend Iran-linked Conference – Reports
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is going after American citizens who have already attended or plan to attend the New Horizon Conference (NHC) held by an Iranian media expert to discuss major global issues.
A Virginia-based ex-Pentagon official said FBI agents were knocking at his door at 6:30 am in May, cited by Medium.com. Maloof had travelled to Mashhad in northeast Iran to attend last year's NHC and was one of the guests invited to the next conference which is to be held in the Lebanese capital of Beirut in September. The agents, however, warned him of consequences if he decides to attend.
In July, the FBI reportedly sent agents to the Florida home of Scott Rickard, a former translator with the US Air Force and the US National Security Agency (NSA) who once attended New Horizon, also warning him to skip the conference or face arrest.
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ABSOLUTE MUST READ.
A fabulous interview by my friend, the inestimable Vijay and the folks at The Tricontinental with my friend, the no less inestimable Prof. Marandi.
This is one of the highlights of our current, demented Year of Living Dangerously.
Great read thanks for posting Alor
not sure they allow star-chem access ???
so that he can avoid the knocking at his door at 6:30 am again
I prefer an angry watchdog with its kennel by the front porch!
These's a few others who may fall foul of the Logan Act if that's where the FBI is heading with this....whataya reckon John Kerry!
that starcam allow the reporter to attend their conference without being there
Iranian tanker Grace 1 released in Gibraltar despite US attempts to hold it further https://www.rt.com/news/466570-grac...notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications
Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, after receiving assurances that its cargo is not destined for Syria. The US had formally requested them to detain the vessel for a further period.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo agreed to lift the detention on the ship, however, after Tehran gave written assurances that its cargo – 2.1 million barrels of oil – would not be unloaded in Syria.
"In light of the assurances we have received, there are no longer any reasonable grounds for the continued legal detention of the Grace 1 in order to ensure compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation,” he said.
The United States requested the government of Gibraltar to transfer control of the vessel to Washington, but Iran’s ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, said that effort had failed.
“The US, with its desperate, last-minute efforts, intended to prevent the release of the [Grace 1] oil tanker from detention, and was faced with humiliation,” Baeidinejad said.
The Grace 1 was seized by the UK outside of Gibraltar in early July, prompting Tehran, two weeks later, to seize a British-flagged vessel in the Persian Gulf. Both sides have denied there were plans to exchange the ships.
US slaps crew of Iranian supertanker with visa ban after it set sail from Gibraltar https://www.rt.com/news/466619-us-visas-iranian-tanker/
Hours after Washington failed to persuade the Gibraltar authorities to not release the Iranian oil tanker, the State Department warned that anyone linked to the vessel will not be able to travel to the US.
Unable to stop the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 from leaving Gibraltar, the US will target its crew, comprised of Indian, Filipino, Latvian, and Russian citizens. The sailors are now accused of aiding Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), labeled as a “terrorist organization” by the US.
“Crewmembers of vessels assisting the IRGC by transporting oil from Iran may be ineligible for visas or admission to the United States under the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds,” a statement released by the State Department reads.
On Thursday, Washington unsuccessfully sought the seizure of the Grace 1, filing a request that formally postponed the lifting of Gibraltar’s detention order by a few hours. Iran’s ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, called Washington’s move “its desperate, last-minute efforts, intended to prevent the release of the [Grace 1] oil tanker from detention,” which ended in “humiliation.”
Nevertheless, the authorities chose not to bow to the US pressure and allowed the Panamanian-flagged ship to finally set sail.
The Grace 1 was seized by the British Royal Marines outside of Gibraltar in early July, prompting Tehran to retaliate in kind by capturing a British-flagged vessel in the Persian Gulf two weeks later. The seizures added fuel to the simmering feud between Iran and the West, prompting the UK to seek to defuse the tensions.
Finally a judge rules sensibly in a Civil Asset Forfeiture case
Governments routinely seize people’s assets without any trial or due process. It’s called Civil Asset Forfeiture... and there are very few rules limiting their authority.
We’ve written about this a LOT over the years– police and various government agencies confiscating property like cash, cars, even houses, simply because they -suspect- someone of committing a crime.
Often the property’s owner is never even charged with a crime. The whole matter is dropped. But the government still keeps their stuff… and then an innocent civilian has to spend a boatload of money on lawyers to get their assets back.
In March 2017, Alabama police pulled a man over for a minor traffic violation and discovered that he had $52,000 of physical cash on him.
Bear in mind– having cash is NOT a crime. But the cops seized every penny of it.
They had no suspicion that the man was a criminal, or any evidence of any wrongdoing. They just took the money… yet did not file any charges.
The police even admitted in testimony that there was absolutely zero evidence that the driver had committed a crime.
Seriously, how is this not THEFT?
But finally, after a TWO YEAR legal battle, an Alabama state court sided with the driver.
This will hopefully set a minimum standard for the police: you can’t just steal from people… there has to be at least some evidence of a crime.
US Unveils Seizure Warrant For Iran's Grace 1 Tanker https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-16/us-unveils-seizure-warrant-irans-grace-1-tanker
Apparently the month long saga of the Grace-1 is not at all over, and may now seriously escalate even after it was set free from custody. Just as the Iranian supertanker was released from custody off Gibraltar and is preparing to make its way into the Mediterranean, a seizure warrant filed by the US Department of Justice was unsealed in a US district court late Friday.
Documents allege “a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” the DoJ said in a statement.
The seizure warrant and forfeiture complaint alleges the now Iranian-flagged tanker along with its over two million barrels of oil aboard it and $995,000 “are subject to forfeiture,” citing terrorism forfeiture statutes, and bank fraud and money laundering.
“The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1,” US Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu said in a press release. “A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments.”
The warrant is addressed to “the United States Marshal’s Service and/or any other duly authorized law enforcement officer.”
According to Reuters, the Grace 1 - now renamed the Adrian Darya after Iran began flying its flag over the previously Panamanian-flagged tanker - may not have made it far though it was filmed moving on Friday. "The tanker shifted its position on Friday, but its anchor was still down off Gibraltar and it was unclear if it was ready to set sail soon," the report said.
Given that no doubt the US warrant means leaders in Tehran will be livid, and now with the possibility that American military assets could potentially make a move to actually board the vessel or perhaps even block its as yet unknown route, this puts the fate of the UK-flagged Stena Impero — still under IRGC control — in jeopardy.
It's expected that Iran will release the detained Stena Impero in a tit-for-tat gesture, as Tehran had initially expressed a desire for, possibly at some point this weekend. The US warrant will definitely delay this and quash any level of good faith signalling between Iran and the UK.
What's more is it looks like the US is ready to pursue sanctions busting consequences to the max, down to ship owners and crew: “A message to all mariners – if you crew an IRGC or other FTO-affiliated ship, you jeopardize future entry to the U.S.,” Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a tweet Friday.
That was done to Huawei CFO, just similar
Let's police the world instead of fixing our own country. Good job again.
We are laughed at everyday now.
Last time I visited USA I felt like I was entering a Police State. Your militarised police and your very unfriendly and intimidating border control officers made me think this is what Germany circa 1935 must have been like.
I was in SE Asia in the 1970s with guns slung on railway guard shoulders and I was in Laos as it collapsed and had my passport checked while a smiling soldier casually pointed his machine gun at us (ahh the folly of romantic youth!) and I never felt as threatened or as in danger as in USA.
Maybe I'm no longer adventurous, but I won't be returning to America. I sensed fear and despair everywhere. If I was a citizen I'd be heading for a small town in the American Redoubt. The cities and police state feel are nerve wracking.
^ JulieW, I had a friend that recently went to the U.S. for his work. He told me a similar sentiment that you just did. He also added that he could sense the division in the people there.
its a police state over there, Alex Jones have been accurate all along
Game over already. Oil is falling back to $20 a barrel.
Trump's not lured into the game. One $200 million drone down and he just brushes it aside like it never happened. Unless Iran wants to fight the whole world by closing the straits of homuz, which isn't impossible still. Ironically, the US now doesn't even import much oil through the straits of homuz?
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