U.S. Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Holds Off on Military Response by Leo Shane III – Military Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of attacking a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday as part of a “unacceptable campaign of escalating tension” by its leaders, but said the United States won’t respond with military force for now.
“This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against America and its allied interests,” Pompeo said in brief public statement hours after the attacks. “They should be understood in the context for 40 years of unprovoked aggression against freedom loving nations.
He labeled the actions “a clear threat to international peace and security and a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation.”…
In Gulf of Oman, Tankers Are Struck Again, Raising Fears of Wider Conflict by David D. Kirkpatrick, Richard Pérez-Peña and Stanley Reed – New York Times
Explosions crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday in what the United States called “unprovoked attacks” by Iran, raising alarms about immediate security and potential military conflict in a vital passageway for a third of the world’s petroleum.