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Oman Tanker Attack US Navy: Same type of Iranian drone used by Russians in Ukraine

Oman Tanker Attack  US Navy: Same type of Iranian drone used by Russians in Ukraine

The US Navy said on Tuesday that the same type of Iranian combat drone provided to Russia by Tehran during its invasion of Ukraine was used to attack an oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

The vessel is the Pacific Zircon, which flies the Liberian flag and is operated by the Singaporean company Eastern Pacific Shipping, which is owned by Israeli billionaire Aidan Ofer. The oil tanker was hit by a missile about 240 km off the coast of Oman on Tuesday, November 15, the company said.

A week after the attack, the US 5th Fleet was stationed there Bahrain, shared photos and details of the assault investigation. The recovered remains indicate that the attack was carried out using an Iranian Shahed-136 combat drone. With the same type of drones, the Russians are attacking Ukrainian cities.

Iranian drone crashesTVIDS/Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Mahmoud

“The Iranian attack on a commercial oil tanker in international waters was deliberate, callous and dangerous. It endangered the lives of the crew and undermined maritime security in the Middle East,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Commander in Chief of the US Navy. Middle East said in a statement.

Iran has blamed the tanker attack

Soon after the attack, suspicions of doing it were raised, the Andhra agency said Iran. “Tehran i Israel The Middle East has been embroiled in years of conflict, and some drone strikes have targeted Israeli-aligned ships transiting the region, the agency said.

Consequences of a drone strike on a tanker DVIDS/NAVCENT Public Affairs

He also recalled Washington blaming Iran for a series of attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in 2019. America Iran unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal. “In 2021, an Iranian drone struck the Mercer Street, an Israeli-bound oil tanker off the coast of Oman, killing two people on board,” the AP wrote.

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Main photo source: TVIDS/Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Mahmoud

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