Attacks On Ships In The Gulf Of Oman Are Not In Iran’s Interest — Or Are They?

By Moon Of Alabama

June 13, 2019.  Early this morning, around 6:00 UTC, two tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked by surface weapons. Both ships were some 50 kilometers south-east of Bandar-e Jask, Iran, and some 100+ kilometers east of Fujairah.



Is this the long-awaited pretext for an all-out war against Iran?



Iran is to blame! — Let’s bomb them into the Stone Age for Israel !!!

The Front Altair, a 250 meter long crude oil tanker under the flag of the Marshal Islands, came from the United Arab Emirates and was on was on its way to Taiwan. Its load of 75,000 tons of naphta caught fire and the crew had to abandon the ship.

The second attacked ship is the Kokuka Courageous, a 170 meter long tanker flagged by Panama. It was coming from Saudi Arabia and on its way to Singapore. The ship has its hull breached above the water line, but its load of methanol seems to be intact.

The Iranian Search and Rescue ship Naji picked up the 44 crews members of both ships and brought them to Bandar-E Jash. Oil prices increased by some 4%.

These attacks come a month after four ships anchoring near the UAE port Fujairah were damaged by explosives attached to their hulls. The investigation of that incident by the UAE did not blame anyone for the attack but suggested that a nation state must have been behind it.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton blamed Iran.



Iran is to blame! — Let’s bomb them into the Stone Age for Israel!

It seems unlikely that Iran had anything to do with today’s attacks.

The May attack was accompanied by two drone strikes launched by Houthi forces in Yemen on the Saudi east-west pipeline that allows some Saudi exports to avoid a passage through the Street of Hormuz. A third strike was a medium range missile launch by the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza strip against the city of Ashkelon in Israel.

All three strikes together were a warning that those countries who instigate for a U.S. war on Iran would get seriously hurt should Iran be attacked.

The attack today comes at an inconvenient time for Iran. The loud anti-Iran campaign John Bolton initiated in April and May recently calmed down.

U.S. President Trump tries to move Iran towards negotiations with him. He recently received the President of Switzerland in the White House. Switzerland is the ‘protecting power’ that represent U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran. The German Foreign Minister Maas was send to Iran to press for Iranian concessions. Currently the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is visiting Tehran. He today met Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei but had no success in moving Iran towards negotiations with the Trump.

Even while Iran rejects negotiations with the U.S. as long as the U.S. keeps up its sanctions,  it has no interest in disturbing the current phase of diplomacy. Iran seems to have nothing to win from these attacks.

Is someone else out to nearly literately torpedo the current mediation attempts?

Update (11:30 utc, 7:30 AM blog time):

A few tweets Iran’s Supreme Leader issued after his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe today hint at a motive Iran might have to conduct something like the attack that happened today: @khamenei_ir – 9:36 UTC – 13 Jun 2019We do not believe at all that the U.S. is seeking genuine negotiations with Iran; because genuine negotiations would never come from a person like Trump. Genuineness is very rare among U.S. officials.

[email protected] U.S. president met & talked with you a few days ago, including about Iran. But after returning from Japan, he immediately imposed sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry. Is this a message of honesty? Does that show he is willing to hold genuine negotiations?

After the nuclear deal, the first one to immediately breach the JCPOA was Obama; the same person who had requested negotiations with Iran & had sent a mediator. This is our experience, & Mr. Abe, know that we won’t repeat the same experience.

The keyword here is “petrochemical”. The tankers hit today were loaded with naphta from the UAE and methanol from Saudi Arabia. Both are petrochemical products and not simply crude oil. Last Friday, June 7, the U.S. sanctioned all trade with Iran’s biggest petrochemical producer. These sanction will seriously hurt Iran.

When the Trump administration began to sanction Iran’s oil export last year, Iran announced new rules of the game. It said that it would retaliate against other Persian Gulf producers should Iran be unable to export its goods:

Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for oil shipments from the Middle East. The warning comes in response to the US, which is trying to cut off Iranian crude exports.

Iran’s supreme leader’s senior adviser for international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati said his country will retaliate.

“The most transparent, complete and prompt response was given by Mr [Hassan] Rouhani, the Iranian president, in his last trip to Europe. The response was clear: if Iran cannot export oil through the Persian Gulf, no-one will do this,” Velayati said, speaking at the Valdai discussion club in Russia. “Either everyone will export, or no-one,” he added.

Now we can apply the keyword Khamenei used today to these sentences: “if Iran cannot export petrochemical products through the Persian Gulf, no-one will do this”. “Either everyone will export, or no-one.”

That Iran might have this motive does not mean or prove that it is responsible for today’s attack. Risking to sink two foreign tankers in international water is not what an otherwise cautious Iran would typically do. Someone else might have initiated it to blame it.

Still – no matter if Iran was involved – what Khamenei said is a very serious message that Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who Trump sent to Iran, will understand and communicate back to the White House.


Iran’s Senior Advisor for International Affairs

“If Iran cannot export petrochemical products through the Persian Gulf,
no-one will do this! Either everyone will export, or no-one will!

28 thoughts to “Attacks On Ships In The Gulf Of Oman Are Not In Iran’s Interest — Or Are They?”

  1. If Khameinei refuses to talk with Trump, it seems that stubbornness will precipitate animosity. Consider the hard-line, historic character of the man. He dramatically altered the US relationship with Iran from the easy and amiable situation the United States had with the Shah of Iran. It has been festering. Of course, it could be Israhell meddling and false flag maneuvers – but it is just as likely the real thing. In any case, the United States cannot take the threat idly. The US must position itself for hot aggression.
    (If the Navy is alert, a false-flag will be detectable in open waters.)

    1. False flag by Israel? Yes. It appears to be botched because the tankers didn’t sink and no one died.

      Iran is to be commended for the rescue.

      The Iranian rescue boat onloads the tanker crew then the Iranian sailor at the front of the boat removes a magnetic mooring device. NOT A MINE. If you have a boatload of passengers would you put the mine into the boat? Would you do the rescue next to an explosive device? No. You would be on the other side of the hull at the farthest point from an potential explosion.

      Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo should be condemned for lying and trying to instigate a war.

      1. “False flag by Israel? Yes. It appears to be botched because the tankers didn’t sink and no one died.”

        You’re rather naive, aren’t you? It’s not a botched attack for the simple reason that the tankers were not meant to sink in the first. If they had sunk, that would have been a botched attack!

        Total disaster would have ensued. War would have broken out. That was never the intention of the attack. The intention was achieved: the US bully boy and Israel flex their muscles and fire a warning shot across the enemy’s bows: “Watch out! Don’t mess with Zio-America! Or we’ll wipe you out!”

      2. It WAS very successful for the folks in charge…. the Federal Reserve!!!

        The people will want the extra troops sent to ME, just announced! And they will settle for another $800 Billion for MORE war parties next year. Maybe even more this year!

        Fear Porn used to garner support & demolish selected portions & rebuild in Iran, just like Syria, Iraq and Libya…etc..

  2. “Attacks On Ships In The Gulf Of Oman Are Not In Iran’s Interest — Or Are They?”

    THEY ARE… if the US goes to war and uses the military against them. That’s how Iran can be modernized to accept 5G…. with the US rebuilding them in the aftermath! Infrastructure repairs for free!! 🙂

    AND…. MORE debt commodities can be generated/manufactured by the Federal Reserve. Bankers WIN-WIN!!

    1. Pat, you’re as stalwart a cynic as I’ve ever come across. No doubt a bigly reason you hit the bullseye nine out of ten.

      Although it might be more accurate, more definitive to say any war between Iran and the U.S. best interests of the Iranian survivors. Because I think most everyone, excluding a few like yourself, don’t really grasp the power and scope of the new weapon systems and those damnable sensors now deployed which take the phrase “you can run but you can’t hide” to a whole nother level. A terrible swift sword which is hard to even comprehend the efficiency of.

      For example, you know as well as I do that the 20 year old Afghan war is managed this way for commerce. That need be, they could track down and kill every last Taliban soldier and then some. But not as long as those bumper crop poppy fields are in full bloom and keep on blooming. The Afghan minerals, rare earth elements, etc. are secondary assets.

      So one would have to believe this knowing the truth of the matter also extends to the Iranian elected government, military and most importantly, the Theocracy.

      For example, little things(very big things) like this . . . “According to the newspaper’s investigation, “the IAF F-35 “Adir” planes penetrated Iran’s airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas – and photographed Iran’s air defense system.””

      1. Yes, HP! That could have happened in Syria and Iraq also…. but they needed new infrastructure… more than body count.

        Demolish the old buildings and ‘Put-On’ will send in construction crews with his mafia controlled concrete & steel suppliers! Just like in US!! “YUGE” $$$$!!! 🙂

        The theocracy is in place as the paid antagonists. They “BIGGLY” rattle scimitars! 🙂

      2. Coming to Iran…. in cookie-cutter fashion…. Marshall Plan of sorts. ‘Put-On’ would agree to more $$$$USD!

        Example of plans by Russia, Iran and China in Syria… after demolition in Syria:

        The prospect of lucrative reconstruction deals has triggered a deluge of interest from governments and firms looking to profit from Syria’s devastation. The regime’s closest allies, Russia and Iran, have been the most prominent beneficiaries of the Syria reconstruction gold rush, with China not far behind.

        Almost two years ago, a Russian trade delegation announced in Damascus that “Russian companies would lead Syria’s postwar reconstruction.” That visit set the stage for contracts believed to be valued at $1 billion. More recently, Russian private security contractors have been “rewarded” for their role in combat operations with lucrative oil and gas contracts.

        Iran, which has been a major financial backer of the regime, has inked new trade deals with Syria, and encouraged its citizens to go on a real estate spending spree, driving up housing prices in some areas under regime control. Iran also has the largest presence at the International Exhibition; more than 40 Iranian firms are taking part.

        As for China, in early August of this year the Chinese government hosted the “First Trade Fair on Syrian Reconstruction Projects,” during which a Chinese-Arab business group announced a $2 billion commitment from the government for the construction of industrial parks in Syria.

      3. “The United States invaded Afghanistan largely to restore the heroin industry and it is now making about $1.5 trillion every year from this business.”

        (I guess You could try posting this again.)

        LOL, “it was in the news”

        Gosh, that’s enough tax free dollars every year after year after year to buy your own private air force, navy, army, bases, aircraft, ships and the weapons to supply them with.

  3. It is my opinion that Israel and the zio/US via the zionist controlled deep state did the attacks and I resent that moonofalabama insinuates that Iran could have a possible motive to have done this!

    By the way Israel and the zionist controlled deep state did 911 and every thinking American knows it, and the lower house of the knesset aka congress knows it also!

  4. A video has surfaced showing Iranians REMOVING the (supposed) mines. The Iranians may well have been removing one of their mines placed there by an US/Israeli/British special forces. Iranian braves rescued (and temporarily detained for questioning) the tanker crews, they may have spotted additional charges and disabled them. Iran may have thwarted a larger false flag of sending the oil tankers to the bottom, and many types of magnetic mines have delayed turbine fuses so that the ship goes out to deep water before exploding.

    It would be in Iran’s interest not to get framed for the blast charge. It would be a piece of cake to acquire an Iranian mine then frame them for the blast. Such a deception is right in line with what Zionists would do, and let’s not forget that JEW WHORES Pompeo and Trump would sing right along with that narrative.

    This blatant provacation may be used by SUPER JEW WHORE TRUMP and staff to initiate a nuclear attack on Iran. They don’t care if it is a blatant false flag, they control all the lines of communication and the stupid Amerikan Goy will lap up whatever narrative spoon fed to them by Wolfman Blitzkrieger on CNN Jewish news spy agency. The pretext hardly matters anymore, they’ve been busted so many times, and they don’t care ’cause they’ve got the power. What are you going to do about it anyways? If you even complain they might freeze your bank account or cut off your welfare/EBT/Social inSecurity check, or get you fired or blacklisted.

    The real question is whether Trump has the balls to ok a night time sneak attack on Iran. Blowhard Trump is big on words and short on action. Like I keep on saying will Trump ride down into the coulee like General George Custer, does he have the nerve? LOL ROFL I laugh my ass off at playboy Trump because he’s got his ass in a pincher, he’s a big bully boy and a even bigger pussy. I say he ain’t got the balls and doesn’t want to pull off some big mistake that sinks the United States into oblivion on his watch. But if doesn’t attack then Bibi will replace him with the raging Evangelical psychopath Mike Pence. So we’ll see what the bloated whale of a Trump does.

    The false flag narrative has been handed to Trump, let’s see if he has the nerve to go into Iran. He doesn’t want to go but will because he lacks any real leadership ability. He’s surrounded himself with the Neocon crazies, let’s see if he has even one bit of courage to follow through. Here is a video link to the most famous scene in Little Big man, apropos to the big fat (little man) Trump.

    Little Big Man – “You Go Down There”

    1. Agree 100%, Trump is a judas goat leading America into the kosher slaughter house for the satanic zionists and their NWO and besides that Trump is owned by the zionist bankers who hold the paper on everything he supposedly owns!

  5. Iran plays along with the jews. To get the final jew world order all over the world the jews must foment a controlled third world war after which the police state all over the world will be established. This police state will be easy to conduct then as the jews already control all key positions in the police force, army, civil service etc.

    Remember the template of 9/11, perpetual war for perpetual peace. See similarities with George Orwell’s 1984, Oceania etc. Did Orwell know more than he ‘dared’ to write in his books etc?

  6. This looks like a false flag, not by Iran but by the US. I don’t think the purpose is to create a cause for war with Iran. I think this is a typical rough way of Trump to “force” Iran to the negotiation table, like he did with Korea. That is his style of “the art of the deal”. A real war with Iran would require a mass build up of troops in the Gulf. We are not seeing that. I think this plan will fail just like the attempt at regime change in Venezuela. “Rogue State” America is in its last days. Old tricks don’t work anymore.

  7. who knows what really happened?
    none of us…
    the media is all kinds of fake…
    the number of people hip to it is growing bigger everyday…
    by now anybody over the age of 21 should realize the state is not to be automatically believed in these deals…
    and whatever the official story – it’s probably a lie, straight from fox jew news…
    i’ll volunteer to defend my own borders, but there’s no chance i’d get mixed up to the death in anything halfway around the world, not even looking at the likes of bolton and pompeo promoting it…
    if anything, it’s just another push by the zionists to destroy another arab country in the neighborhood…
    spare us the crap about iran exporting state sponsored terrorism…
    i suppose they do it because “they hate our freedoms” too…

  8. Since there has been only one primary benefactor of all wars during the past 300 to 500 years, the jewish bankers, it would only logically follow that their primary foot soldiers, the Mossad, would do the dirty deed needed to crank of their most desired WWIII. “Lets you and him fight” all over again except it won’t work this time. One of the Mossad’s key helpers, the CIA, is pretty much benign and destined for the trash heap as JFK desired.

    If Iran was going to stop all traffic in the straight, the damage would have been much more complete as an all or nothing position would require.

    The Japanese media, NHK, was quick to air the opinion of a Japanese official that the event was a false flag.

    The real cherry on the top is the supposed video release by the USA of the “Iranian” boat next to the tanker. How would (((they))) have known to have a drone standing by to take the video?

    1. LOL, that video looks like a 1950’s ufo video. Black and white and blurry gray all over.

      Sheesh, they have cameras that can film your name tag from 23,000 miles out in space but all we get is an old clip of bigfoot planting a mine.

      Heeeey, is that Nessie I see swimming there off the port bow..

      1. It was a tri-hull Dura Craft with 3 outboards and ALL outfitted at Bass Pro Shop & Academy Sports….. just like ALL of the Iranian MODERN Navy!! 🙂

  9. here’s the part i don’t get – why don’t the iranians tell their side of the story to the whole world… how come they don’t put together a long memo about the history of zionism from the beginning and in their part of the world and go to great research lengths to point out the how the USA was coopted and controlled by the jews and how the jews are behind all this destabilization….. there are PLENTY of assassinations took place in the the USA, where jews or masons wound up with the power afterwards, and we’re talking on the presidential level too… explain to the world the long history of false flag machinations that the zionists have benefitted from… point out how dastardly it’s all been… they could point it out the story of how the jews created hollywood and have been in control of media and public opinion ever since for the last 100 years, get down on the gun grabbing plot and all the false flag school shootings… get some of their best scholars to do the report.. tell the world they want to have a zion awareness seminar in some neutral location, iceland… send a copy to fox news and tell the world they want trump or hannity or anybody else who shills for zion to show up and let’s see them defend the pricks… give us an analysis of the un, what’s been its position, how many resolutions it passed against israel that were ignored, how many times was it bombed when it tried to set up on strife zones… tell the world about the mossad motto… why don’t they put together an alliance of anti-zionist countries and set up a BIG HQ media center from where comes a steady stream of reports and indictments… make it plain the state of israel has no border and the jews’ obviously intention to expand northward into lebanon and elsewhere, which is why they have to maintain their militias… make the people in the usa and the rest of the ZOG world understand they have no grudge against us, except for our support of the jewish aggression in their part of the world, that the USA had no enemies there before israel came into being, and look how fkd up things are there now.. tell hannity about how the jewish terror organizations attacked the arabs in 1948.. most of the usa has no idea the real history of jewish aggression in palestine, nor do they really understand the extent to which jewish zionists have and have had control over the us government… and let’s hear it about how the ZOG did 9-11 and has been reducing the USA to a commie police sate ever since, from the patriot act to the NDAA…

    1. “…why don’t the iranians tell their side of the story to the whole world… ”

      ALL hooked together at the top!! 🙂

  10. Was the United Kingdom of Israel involved? Note the Date.

    Coming false flag event involving oil tankers flagged up.
    Tue 10:06 pm +00:00, 21 May 2019 1
    posted by Tapestry
    British media have reported that small teams of Britain’s elite commandos are being deployed on UK-registered oil tankers in the Persian Gulf by way of protecting these vessels.

    There’s something fishy about the reports, if they are indeed accurate and not some form of British intelligence disinformation.

    We are told by The Sun that two Special Boat Service (SBS) squads have been flown to the Middle East in order to deploy on commercial ships entering the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz. The SBS is a naval counterpart of Britain’s elite paratrooper SAS regiment. They are both trained to work in top-secret missions.

    The reported deployment of these elite British forces comes at a time of escalating tensions in the Gulf between the United States and Iran. US allies Saudi Arabia and the other oil-exporting monarchy, the United Arab Emirates, are calling for stepped up defenses to counter alleged aggression from Iran.

    Last week, four oil tankers were apparently sabotaged near the UAE port of Fujairah. There have also been reports of drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations from Houthi rebels based in Yemen. The finger of suspicion has been pointed at Iran for being behind these acts of sabotage, even though Tehran vehemently denied any involvement and has in fact warned of “malicious conspiracies” to incite a war.
    The unhinged hyperbole out of Washington of inflicting mass destruction against Iran sounds ominous. It is also criminally reckless aggression which violates international law and the UN Charter.

    That’s why the international public must be acutely vigilant of “false flag” attacks being staged, aimed at giving the impression that Iran is targeting the vital interests of the US or its allies. Iran has repeatedly said that it has no interest in going to war with the US. It is not in Iranian interests to plunge their country into catastrophic conflict, although Tehran has warned that if it is attacked it will respond with formidable defenses, as well as shutting down the global oil economy by blocking the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

    The deployment of British commandoes in “top secret” missions at this crucial juncture raises perplexing questions. It comes just as British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Iran to not antagonize Washington from what he called “destabilizing activities”. “I would say to the Iranians: do not underestimate the resolve on the US side,” said Hunt with weasel words.

    First question right off is: how are individual British soldiers assigned to huge oil tankers supposed to afford protection to those ships? Iran is known to have an arsenal of lethal anti-ship missiles which it can launch from its coastline. So how are a few squaddies — regardless of their supposed elite status — meant to fend off incoming ballistic missiles, if the Iranians decided to go to war?

    The British commandoes are then, according to sketchy media reports, to be airlifted off the oil tankers by naval helicopters and redeployed on the southern side of the Persian Gulf, possibly in Oman or the UAE where Britain maintains colonial-era military bases.

    Indeed, the whole escapade sounds very dodgy, like a rejected script for a cheesy James Bond movie. The ostensible purpose of protecting commercial ships can be dismissed as implausible given the circumstances of puny manning and anti-missile equipment.

  11. Oh yes Pat missing the Crucial Important point about 5G.Its DEADLY.

    It is estimated that the daily microwave exposure generated by the 5G system will be equivalent to living inside a microwave oven and turning it up to high and baking yourself for 19 minutes a day.

    Mobiles can give you a tumour, court rules.

  12. PETE
    the british commandos could be used to block pirates, as in what has happened to oil tankers off somalia,
    captain phillips, prevent them from boarding, if it came to that…
    pirates might not understand the plan, get involved, screw things up, make a mess..
    “ALL hooked together at the top!!”
    this is entirely possible, you might even say most likely…
    there have been iranian statesmen on tv threatening the retaliate, the guy above….. it would fit the script…

    1. Proof of bullcrap = Holier than thou Iranians gladly accepted those pallets of evil hateful $100 USD from the Kenyan born US Prezzy flown in by the evil USAF C-130s!! 🙂

  13. well, you know how that goes…
    100 dollar bills are pretty much where you find them…

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