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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they have captured British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television reported on Friday.

The IRGC seized the tanker at the request of the maritime authorities in the Iranian province of Hormozgan for “not following international maritime regulations,” state television cited an IRGC statement as saying.

The tanker was taken to a coastal area and turned over to the authorities to take the necessary legal steps, state television said.
 

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Gibraltar updated its sanctions enforcement regulations 36 hours before Royal Marines impounded an Iranian tanker when it stopped for supplies in the territory, lawyers have said

Gibraltar updated its sanctions enforcement regulations 36 hours before Royal Marines impounded an Iranian tanker when it stopped for supplies in the territory, lawyers have said.

The seizure of the Grace 1 earlier this month, which prompted Iran to threaten reciprocal actions, is at the heart of the crisis unfolding the Gulf.

The legal changes, reported by the blog EU Sanctions, suggest both that the operation was meticulously planned and that the authorities feared it would need a clearer legal basis.

Gibraltar incorporated Sanctions Regulations 2019 into local law on July 3, specifically giving its authorities the right to “designate and detain” ships if the chief minister suspects they are being used to breach EU sanctions. Details of the events leading up to the seizure of Grace 1 on July 5 have become central to understanding how Britain became embroiled in a confrontation with Iran despite its formal policy to “de-escalate” tensions in the Gulf.

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, has been accused of allowing Britain to be used as a pawn in the Trump administration’s determination to put “maximum pressure” on Iran. Both the Foreign Office and the Gibraltar authorities have denied that they acted at Washington’ request when they seized Grace 1. It was carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil, allegedly to the Baniyas oil refinery in Syria, a target of EU sanctions against the Assad regime.

However, the Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported that the United States sent a message to Madrid two days before Grace 1 arrived in Gibraltar’s waters saying that the tanker was on its way. The report makes it more likely that the tip-off to Gibraltar and Britain also came from America, which is keen to stop as much of Iran’s oil exports as possible.

The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, has said the decision to impound Grace 1 was his alone, but both sides have confirmed that he took the decision after consultation with the Foreign Office.

The legality of the seizure has been challenged. However, Anna Bradshaw, a sanctions lawyer with the London firm Peters & Peters, said it was an offence to “participate, knowingly and intentionally, in activities” designed to evade sanctions.

By entering EU waters the ship was allegedly carrying out such activities while under EU jurisdiction.

How tensions have grown

May 8, 2018 President Trump withdraws the US from the Iran nuclear agreement. Iranian leaders threaten a severe response.

June 13, 2019 Two US oil tankers are attacked near Strait of Hormuz. Mr Trump blames Iran.

June 20 A US military drone is shot down by Iran. Mr Trump imposes financial sanctions.

July 4 Royal Marines help to seize an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warns that a British oil tanker could be seized in retaliation.

July 10 The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose drives away three Iranian vessels trying to stop the commercial ship British Heritage.

July 13 Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, offers the Iranian tanker’s release in return for guarantees that it will not breach sanctions on Syria.

July 16 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accuses the British of piracy over the seizure and vows to retaliate.

July 18 Mr Trump says the US has shot down an Iranian drone. Iran denies this.

July 19 The Stena Impero is seized by the Revolutionary Guards.
 

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Iran promises to avenge U.S. killing of top commander Soleimani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Friday to hit back hard after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its growing military influence in the Middle East.

Soleimani, a general, was regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The overnight attack, authorised by President Donald Trump, marked a dramatic escalation in a “shadow war” in the Middle East between Iran and the United States and its allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-i...ling-of-top-commander-soleimani-idUKKBN1Z11KC
 

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Nov. 29, 2011: “In order to get elected, Barack Obama will start a war with Iran.”

Oct. 6, 2012: “Now that Obama’s numbers are in a tailspin watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.”

Oct. 22, 2012: “Don’t let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected – be careful Republicans!”
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
I wonder how the disgruntled Bernie bros who voted for Trump because "at least he isn't a huge hawk like Killary Clinton" are taking this.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
Well this is epic. Wouldn't want to work in a US Embassy anywhere on earth right now (not that i would anyway, but...). Revenge will be served very cold, so this could go on for years

Is this a new era of parasol governance, what with that Australian idiot phoning it in from his holiday in hawaii while the country burns?
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
Yeah, I think holy shit is the best reaction right now.

Twitter is alive with hot takes which invariably prove that the prior positions the poster took were right all along.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
remember when Trump was elected and we were all like haha he's gonna do something completely irrational that even his own yesmen find absurd and get us all killed?

and then despite all the many, many very terrible things that have occurred under his regime, it began to seem like maybe like we might avoid that?

well
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
holy shit is pretty much the only reaction rn

in true Trump fashion, killing Soleimani doesn't even make any kind of strategic or tactical (he was instantly replaced) sense. it is all risk and zero reward.

good thing he fired or goaded into resignation every single remotely competent senior foreign policy and military advisor, as well as basically eviscerating the State Dept
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
if there was a quicker and surer way to fuck up any of the very little good and goodwill in Iraq that has come from 17 years of U.S. involvement, short of nuking Baghdad, idk what it is
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
we'll see

normally I would say agree unreservedly, but he is so widely despised and so completely mistrusted that idk if this will play in a I cntraditional rally around the flag way beyond his (admittedly rock solid) base

I'll tell you who it's a godsend for: the also widely despised by its own people government of Iran

I can think of nothing better to get Iranians to rally around the mullahs etc than invoking Mossadegh and the entire history of foreign meddling

from beyond the grave Khomeini is smiling one of his exceedingly rare smiles
 

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I'm assuming a decent chunk of the people who claimed to despise Hillary because she'd drag them into another foreign war will come up with a bunch of excuses to keep supporting their boy.
 
holy shit is pretty much the only reaction rn

in true Trump fashion, killing Soleimani doesn't even make any kind of strategic or tactical (he was instantly replaced) sense. it is all risk and zero reward.

good thing he fired or goaded into resignation every single remotely competent senior foreign policy and military advisor, as well as basically eviscerating the State Dept

You'd have to dismiss all sources that say Soleimani was planning attacks on US tagets in the region through the Hezbollah militia. I don't know if that's true and neither do you. But Trump had plenty of chances to off him earlier, and the timing has to mean something.

This man played a major role in the killing of millions of Syrians and in the conflicts in Yemen and Iraq. We know that he wasn't about to stop wreaking havoc in the region. Saying that there's no reward to his death is really strange to me.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
Saying that there's no reward to his death is really strange to me.
killing one guy accomplishes absolutely nothing

Quds Force will go on without missing a beat. Soleimani's protege took over literally within hours of his death.

the U.S. could assassinate pretty much anyone at any time, given the will. we usually don't (openly) assassinate prominent figures, because it's usually a very stupid and counterproductive idea.

do you honestly believe this will stop Hezbollah, or any other Iranian regional proxy, from doing anything in anyway? News flash: it fucking won't. In fact, it will lock us into a cycle of much worse violence.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
the British almost certainly could have assassinated Gerry Adams at will, if they'd wanted to. they never did. it's a fucking stupid idea.
 
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