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Al-Arabia reported that the Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew for trespassing on Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.
An Iranian warship is now taking the American vessel to Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf.
There has been no official confirmation of the seizure yet.
originally posted by: Soloprotocol
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
originally posted by: intrptr
Al Arabiya adds that Iran fired on the US cargo ship before escorting it, a move which will surely lead to a rapid and violent escalation in the gulf:
The Saudis and Americans are responsible for the "rapid and violent escalation in the Gulf", not Iran.
It is unclear why Iran would do this…
Depends on the "cargo". If US sailors are on board its likely war materiel.
I would think if US soldiers were on board, the Iranians firing at them would have given them cause to fire back.
And start WWIII because someone put one across the bow. Cool heads required in the middle east right now.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
What would make this REALLY interesting is if the cargo was nuclear.....
You can bet your arse there's security on board that ship if that's the case. Although I doubt anybody but US military would be allowed to move that sort of cargo.
I actually don't know if that's true at all, but I think it is.
originally posted by: Glassbender777
Did the cargo vessel wonder into Iranian waters. If not, then this is an aggressive act, that would warrant further action by our own American Navy, This is some crazy stuff. I sure hope this gets resolved quickly for everyone's sake.
originally posted by: Dizrael
According to the US
Update 3: Turns out Iran did seize a ship, just not a US ship.
im going to have to look around more. maybe a ship "flying a US flag" but not really ours?
Bandar Abbas ...is a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Strait of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy.
Iranian forces have reportedly fired at and seized a US cargo ship with 34 sailors on board, according to Saudi Arabian state TV.
The vessel has been directed to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast, Al-Arabiya has reported.
It remains unclear why or if the ship was captured, and whether the shots injured anyone on-board, as neither US nor Iranian officials have confirmed the allegations. The US Fifth Fleet off the coast of Bahrain had no immediate comment on the report, according to Reuters.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency suggested that the ship was trespassing in the Persian Gulf.
However, a US official told Reuters that there are no indications so far that any US ship is being directed by Iranian forces.
The official said the US was still working to get clarity on the situation.