U.S. Navy Recovers Unexploded Limpet Mine And Has Video Showing An Iranian Boat Removing Unexploded Mine On The Side Of One Of The Two Tankers Hit On Thursday

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Business Insider: The Navy has reportedly found a smoking gun as the US blames Iran for the latest tanker attack that threatens the global oil market

* The US Navy discovered an unexploded limpet mine attached to one of the two tankers attacked on Thursday.
* The mine, which was discovered by the USS Bainbridge, is a potential smoking gun because it very likely points to Iran’s involvement in the attack on the commercial vessels.
* Iranian forces are not only suspected of using limpet mines in the attack on four tankers last month, but Iran also used mines in the Tanker Wars in the 1980s.
* The US pinned the blame for the attack on Iran Thursday afternoon. The announcment sent the US West Texas Intermediate crude futures surging to $52.88 per barrel, or up 3.4% from the day’s start.

The US is accusing Iran of carrying out attacks on two tankers just outside the Strait of Hormuz, a critical waterway through which more than 30% of the world’s seaborne crude oil passes, and the US Navy has reportedly discovered an unexploded mine that may very well be evidence of Iran’s culpability in Thursday’s attacks.

The USS Bainbridge, a US warship deployed to the Middle East, spotted a limpet mine on the side of one of the two tankers hit on Thursday, CNN reported, citing a US defense official. Another defense official confirmed the discovery to Fox News, telling reporters that “it’s highly likely Iran is responsible.” The US is accusing Iran of carrying out attacks on two tankers just outside the Strait of Hormuz, a critical waterway through which more than 30% of the world’s seaborne crude oil passes, and the US Navy has reportedly discovered an unexploded mine that may very well be evidence of Iran’s culpability in Thursday’s attacks.

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WNU Editor: If this CNN report is true, I guess it will be a matter of time before these pictures and videos are posted online …. US officials: US has imagery showing Iranian boat removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker (CNN).

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