Commercial shipping activity in the Gulf of Oman near the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates was disrupted on Tuesday after several ships in the area reported difficulties operating their GPS-based navigational systems.
UK officials told The Times Wednesday that a “squad” of some five to six heavily armed Iranians had taken over the Asphalt Princess, who then bolted after seeing Omani and American naval vessels approaching.
Photos show Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Iranian military commanders in conversation following the swearing-in of Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran.
Efforts to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from an Iranian jail may have met a new hurdle after Iranian media reported Tehran had withdrawn a prison-swap offer to western countries.
Saeed Ara Jani, head of Iran’s IRCG UAV Command, is the person responsible for last week’s attack that left two crew members dead
Nour News, affiliated with Iran’s top national security body, quoted a senior navy official as saying “the movement of commercial vessels is quite normal and no official naval sources or countries in the Persian Gulf have reported any incidents”.
A Liberian-flagged ship flying 280km from the port of Al-Daqam in the Oman Sea was targeted by a drone on Friday.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on the Biden administration’s rush to dismantle pressure against the Iranian regime and the subsequent escalation by the regime against the U.S. and our allies. Read excerpts of his questioning below.
The UK and US believe Iran was behind a tanker attack that killed two people, and have vowed to respond, calling it a violation of international law.
“Flattery and subservience to violent and totalitarian regimes only encourages further violence and aggression,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lior Haiat.
Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, after the United States, Israel and Britain blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.