Military officials say imagery shows Iranians in boats at the tankers, handling a mine and trying to capture crew members.
Hours after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for a pair of attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday morning, a military spokesman released a video, photos, and a timeline purporting to show Iranian boats near the ships immediately after the attacks.
According to Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command’s top spokesman, the video shows men aboard an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military patrol boat returning to one of the abandoned tankers, the M/T Kokuka Courageous, and removing an unexploded mine from its damaged hull.
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WNU Editor: The video is too blurry to see anything. The US Navy statement is here …. U.S. CENTCOM Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman (US Navy).
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U.S. military releases video it says shows Iran removing mine from oil tanker before explosion — CBS/AP
US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker — CNN
US releases video it claims shows Iran removing mine from tanker — Al Jazeera
US says Iran removed unexploded mine from oil tanker — AP
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