CENTCOM claims attack on tankers wasn't the first move Iran has made in the Gulf of Oman this month

Elizabeth Howe
June 17, 2019 - 12:57 pm

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U.S. Central Command is alleging last week's attack on two oil tankers was not the first time Iran has engaged in military action in the Gulf of Oman in recent weeks. 

In a statement released Sunday, June 16, CENTCOM alleges an MQ-9 unmanned drone was shot done over Yemen on June 6. CENTCOM determined the craft was targeted by a Houthi SA-6 surface to air missile — an attack far beyond what the United States believes Houthi to be capable of — and alleges the attack was enabled by Iranian assistance.  

U.S. Navy assists vessels in Gulf of Oman after reported attack

One week later, on June 13, a modified Iranian SA-7 surface to air missile targeted another MQ-9 over the Gulf of Oman to disrupt surveillance of the attack on the two oil tankers. However, the SA-7 missed by roughly one kilometer. 

WATCH: US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker

U.S. surveillance released a video which they claim shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the tankers damaged in the incident hours after the attack took place. 

Iran has repeatedly denied any role in Thursday's attack. The Japanese owner of one of the tankers contradicted the account laid out by the U.S. military.

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