In the Persian Gulf another two oil tankers were hit, seemingly this time by torpedoes, setting the ships ablaze with the crews abandoning ship as the U.S. Navy rendered assistance.
The UN warned of the danger of “a major confrontation” in the Persian Gulf after the two oil tankers were seriously damaged near the site where Iran allegedly sabotaged four oil ships last month.
The explosions, which left the oil tankers burning outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz waterway, marked the most serious incident since the White House warned in early May that Iran was plotting attacks in the region.
The US has not yet officially accused Iran of responsibility for these attacks but a US official said it was “highly likely” Iranian forces were behind the explosions.
And the attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman occurred just forty miles off the coast of a secretive Iranian naval base, the Jask base which was established in 2008.
The base is reportedly known to have Fateh-class submarines and Ghadir “midget submarines” and is also central to Iran’s drone program. The base gives Iran an easy way to threaten the Straits of Hormuz and potentially cut off the world’s oil supply.
All 44 crew members of the two oil tankers were safely evacuated. Reportedly, the 23 sailors aboard the Norwegian-owned Front Altair were taken to Iran, while 21 more on the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous were rescued by a US warship. So far, there have not been reports of any spillage of oil or chemicals.
The explosions from the new attacks came hours before Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, met with Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, on a diplomatic mission intended to try to ease tensions between Iran and the US.
But the Japanese leader’s efforts failed as Iran’s government disrespected the leader, who is known to have a friendly relationship with US President Trump, during his visit to Iran.
In pictures showing Abe’s meetings with top Iranian officials, repeatedly there is only the flag of Iran present and not seen is the flag of Japan. It is diplomatic protocol for the flags of both countries to be present in meetings and speeches during the visit of a head of state.
Also, the two ships just torpedoed in the Persian Gulf, were not only attacked during Japan’s prime minister’s visit to Iran, but one was a Japanese-owned tanker with 21 crew, and both tankers were reportedly carrying “Japanese-related” cargo, according to Japan’s government.
Overall, this attack, no doubt done by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces at the approval of the Ayatollah, was done to “torpedo” the visit of Japan’s Abe as a slap to the face of the U.S. and its ally Japan.
This is the typical symbolism they love to accomplish, as the leadership of Iran continues their duplicity of deceitfully double-dealing with the world.
As Iran’s civilian government denies any knowledge or responsibility for any of the attacks, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard, who answers only directly to the Ayatollah as supreme leader, carries out subversive covert operations.
Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, just said “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” this incident in Gulf of Oman, as he went on to insinuate without evidence that Israel was staging the attacks to undermine Iran.
But Iran does not in any way want open warfare with the overwhelming force of the U.S. military, so they utilize non-conventional asymmetric warfare to frustrate U.S. forces;
While still asserting their influence in the region, for example with these Persian Gulf guerrilla attacks on the oil shipping lanes, and then also using proxy militias to attack their enemies.
Which these proxy attacks by Iran is what also just happened this week in the region, as Saudi Arabia’s international airport was just hit by a cruise missile injuring 26 people.
And that missile was fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen, which is supplied and backed by Iran the enemy of Saudi Arabia.
So the tensions of conflict are still rising in the Middle East with Iran’s leaders pushing war closer with their covert and proxy militia attacks that could push nations too far.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that wars and rumors of wars in the Mid-East will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age and the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ.
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