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Oil Tanker Attacks Put Trump's Iran Red Line to the Test


Added 06-14-19 01:11:01am EST - “Iran has put President Donald Trump's red line to the test with apparent attacks on two foreign oil tankers.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Oil Tanker Attacks Put Trump's Iran Red Line to the Test”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On May 19, President Donald Trump appeared to set a red line in a tweet: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

Nearly a month later, Iran has put Trump’s red line to the test with apparent attacks on two foreign tankers transiting through the Gulf of Oman that drove up oil prices and escalated tensions.

The U.S. military released grainy black-and-white video footage late Thursday of what officials said were Iranian forces on a patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from a ship — allegedly attacked just hours earlier — in an effort to destroy incriminating evidence.

It was an extraordinarily rare move for the military to quickly declassify such imagery for public consumption, but the footage provided compelling documentation to support the Administration’s claims about Iran’s role in sabotage.

Still, the events Thursday pose a dilemma for Trump. Not responding to the latest attacks, if they were perpetrated by Iran, could encourage even more in coming days. Ruling out even limited military action, such as sinking several small fast-boats belonging to the IRGC, which often harass U.S. Navy ships in the region, could encourage Iran to launch even more brazen attacks.

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