Tuesday, April 28, 2015

So who is lying?

Iran's military 'fires at and seizes US cargo ship'

The vessel has been directed to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast, Al-Arabiya has reported.

Iranian forces have reportedly fired at and seized a US cargo ship with 34 sailors on board, according to Saudi Arabian state TV.

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.

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No indications of Iran directing U.S. ship to Iranian port: U.S. official 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There are no indications so far that any U.S. ship is being directed by Iranian forces into an Iranian port, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. 

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation, said the United States was still working to get clarity on the situation after Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said an Iranian "force" seized a U.S. cargo ship in the Gulf on Tuesday and directed it to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. 

The channel said the force had "opened fire" on the U.S. ship, which had 34 U.S. sailors aboard. 

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riverrider said...

it occurred, but it is a marshall islands registered vessel with which we have a treaty requiring protection.

Chris Mallory said...

It was a Marshall Islands flagged ship, owned by a Danish company, traveling between two Middle Eastern ports and crewed by 34 Europeans. The ship has been involved in a civil dispute over non payment of port fees in Iran. There was a court order for the ship to be returned to Iranian waters.

Not really much different than the Coast Guard demanding to be able to board ships in the Caribbean. It was much more above board than the Israeli assaults on ships in international waters that resulted in deaths.