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Old 11-22-2022, 12:00 PM
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Arrow Debris analysis shows Iran-made drone attacked tanker -U.S. Navy

Debris analysis shows Iran-made drone attacked tanker - per U.S. Navy
By: Reuters News - Middle East - 11-22-22
Re: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle...1-22/?rpc=401&

Earlier photo of the Ship in question: The Tanker Pacific Zircon is seen at sea near
Isle of Wright, Britain in this undated handout picture. David Potter/Handout via
REUTERS (the actual photo of the damage has not been given out to date).

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Tuesday said debris analysis has concluded that the same type of Iranian drone that Tehran has supplied to Russia for its invasion of Ukraine was used to attack a commercial tanker off the coast of Oman a week ago.

The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet published photos and details of its investigation into the attack on the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon tanker, including debris from the Shahed-136 drone itself.

In a statement, the Navy said the drone ripped a 30-inch-wide (76 cm) hole into the back of the ship, and the explosive impact damaged a shipboard boiler, potable water tank and life raft.

"The Iranian attack on a commercial tanker transiting international waters was deliberate, flagrant and dangerous, endangering the lives of the ship's crew and destabilizing maritime security in the Middle East," Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the top U.S. Navy commander in the Middle East, said in a statement.

Gulf waters have in recent years seen attacks on tankers that have come at times of heightened regional tensions with Iran. In July 2021, a suspected drone attack hit a petroleum product tanker managed by an Israeli firm off Oman's coast. Iran denied accusations it was responsible. (Of course it would).
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Personal note: It seems that oil tanker's are primary targets of late and will
continue - to be targets - to send a message to the countries needing it. The
Middle East is a firestorm of exchanges and will continue to be that way it
seems for many years to come. So what comes next? - Has yet to be written.
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