The Persian gulf narrows at the Strait of Hormuz, just off the coast the United Arab Emirates.
Since the weekend, 4 ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz suffered explosions, all believed to be acts of sabotage.
Two of the ships were oil tankers belonging to Saudi Arabia, one of which was headed to the United States.
The damage to the Saudi ships was not extensive enough to disable the ships nor did it result in any loss of leakage of oil.
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As tensions with Iran have been intensifying, the US is blaming Iran for all four explosions.
BBC News – US ‘blames Iran’ for damage to tankers in Gulf of Oman – US investigators believe Iran or groups it supports used explosives to damage four ships off the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, media reports say.
Military experts were reportedly sent to investigate the incident and found a large hole in each of the tankers.
No evidence has emerged to show that Iran was involved. The affected countries are yet to assign blame.
The incident has increased tensions between Iran, which borders the nearby Strait of Hormuz, and the US.
About a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes through the strait. Last month, Iran threatened to close it if it was prevented from using the waterway.
This followed a US decision to end exemptions from sanctions for major importers of Iranian oil…
If Iran is responsible for the four acts of sabotage, it establishes what could be a very dangerous and volatile precursor to war.
Iran has directly threatened US military ships and forces in the Persian Gulf area.
If Iran does take any hostile action against US military forces, President Trump has made it clear that he ready to retaliate with all of the force available.
If that happens, it could well spark a war that could involve Russia and others against the US.
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