Saudi oil tankers show ‘significant damage’ after attack Riyadh

Attack on vessels, one bound for US, follow warnings Iran or proxies could target shipping Saudi Arabia has said two of its oil tankers have been damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks in the Gulf, as the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, held emergency talks with his European counterparts about mounting tensions in the region. The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that four commercial vessels had been sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, outside the Strait of Hormuz. The UAE did not give the ships nationalities or any other details about the vessels ownership, but Riyadh identified two of them as Saudi, and a Norwegian company said it owned another. The fourth ship was reportedly the A Michel, a storage tanker …

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say

On Sunday, the National Security Council announced that the U.S. was sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in response to troubling and escalatory warnings from Iranan eye-popping move that raised fears of a potential military confrontation with Tehran. Justifying the move, anonymous government officials cited intelligence indicating Iran had Gen. Qasem Soleimanithe head of the Quds Force, Irans covert action armhas told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted. I would characterize the current situation as shaping operations on both sides to tilt the field in preparation for a possible coming conflict, continued the second source, who is also a U.S. government official. …