A British warship thwarted an attempt by Iran to capture a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
While a (manned) U.S. reconnaissance aircraft hovered above, gunboats from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) began approaching the ship. The boats were intercepted by a British warship which had been operating five miles behind the tanker.
While Iran has denied that the gunboats were in the process of trying to capture the British tanker, the day before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened Britain that there would be “repercussions” after a British ship detained an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar.
The detained tanker was attempting to deliver crude to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
The incident is the latest in a series of Iranian provocations against the West and its allies (see map and infographic below).
Meanwhile, Watch Clarion Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro on I24 News as he weighs in on Iran’s recent and alarming announcement that they have upped their level of uranium enrichment in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement with the world’s powers.