Tensions in Persian Gulf Heating Up as 2 Saudi Oil Tankers Sabotaged

US intelligence sources found credible evidence indicating that Iran was planning to take aggressive action against US forces and interests in the region along the interests of US allies.

In response, the US deployed a large task force of warships, airplanes and more to the Persian Gulf.

Iran has responded by saying that the US forces in the Gulf are now targets.

On Monday, two Saudi Arabian oil tankers passing off the coast of the United Arab Emirates when they were hit with attacks labeled as sabotage.

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One of the oil tankers was heading to the United States.

The National Sentinel – Saudi oil tankers damaged in ‘sabotage’ attack as Iranian commander calls U.S. military in Gulf ‘a target’ – Tensions in the Persian Gulf heated up on Monday as two Saudi oil tankers — one bound for the United States — suffered what has been described as a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, while a top Iranian commander has labeled U.S. military forces in the region “a target.”

First, the tankers, as reported by The Sun:

The ships were struck off the coast of the port of Fujairah – with one of the tankers due to be loaded with Saudi crude oil bound for the United States.

Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih revealed the tankers suffered “significant damage” – although it was unclear what the attack involved.

He said: “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels.”…

Admiral Hajizadeh, head of Iranian Revolutionary Guard said the threats made by Iran have switched to the US military presence in the Gulf being a target.

He said that if the Americans make a move, they will ‘hit them in the head’.

If that happens, it could well spark World War III, especially since Russia has sided with Iran and probably China has also.

No one wants that, except maybe Iran.

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