Tag: Gulf of Oman

U.S. Commander Warns of Iranian Attack in Middle East

MANAMA, Bahrain — The deployment of 14,000 additional American troops to the Persian Gulf region since the spring has probably not dissuaded Iran from planning a major attack on the scale of the recent missile and drone assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, the commander of American forces in the Middle East says. The officer, […]

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Standoffs With Iran Test Trump’s Resolve to Use Military Force

WASHINGTON — By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of the talking. “Why don’t you […]

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U.S. to Send About 500 More Troops to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia in what is intended as the latest show of force toward Iran, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The roughly 500 troops are part of a broader tranche of forces sent to the region over the past two months after tensions between […]

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This Isn’t About Iran. It’s About China.

In a world of global financial markets, 5G networks and cyberwar, geography still rules. The two shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz, each two miles wide, hold the key to the Persian Gulf and roughly half of the world’s proven oil reserves and production capacity. That is why the recent attacks, widely assumed to […]

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Trump Imposes New Economic Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Monday that he is imposing new sanctions on Iran, after saying for days that he preferred tightening the pressure on a crippled Iranian economy to launching an immediate military strike in retaliation for what American officials have said are recent aggressive acts by Tehran. “We will continue to increase […]

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Trump Expected to Announce New Economic Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to announce on Monday that he is imposing new sanctions on Iran, after saying for days that he preferred tightening the pressure on a crippled Iranian economy to launching an immediate military strike in retaliation for what American officials have said are recent aggressive acts by Tehran. The Trump […]

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Want War With Iran? Ask Congress First

From the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the U.S.S. Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, maritime incidents, shrouded in the fog of uncertainty, have lured the United States into wars on foreign shoals. Which is why cooler heads must prevail — and Congress must be consulted — as American and […]

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What We Know About Iran Shooting Down a U.S. Drone

Iran shot down an American spy drone early Thursday. On that, the United States and Iran agree. The crucial matter, though, is whether that drone ventured into Iranian airspace, as Tehran asserts, or whether it stayed in international airspace, as the United States asserts. Here’s what we know so far. The drone was unmanned and […]

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Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions

Iran shot down a United States surveillance drone early Thursday, both nations said, but they differed on the crucial issue of whether the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries. Iranian officials said that the drone was over Iran, which the […]

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Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions

Iran said Thursday that it had shot down a United States drone, days after American officials blamed Iran for attacks on international shipping, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries. Press TV, a state-run news outlet in Iran, said that what it called a “spy drone” […]

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Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone

Iran shot down a United States drone after it entered its airspace, state media reported on Thursday, the latest escalation in the tensions between the two countries. Press TV, a state-run news outlet in Iran, said that what it called a “spy drone” had been shot down in the province of Hormozgan, along the country’s […]

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U.S. Navy Says Mine Fragments Point to Iran in Tanker Attack

Fragments recovered from one of two tankers crippled by explosions in the Gulf of Oman last week bear a “striking resemblance” to limpet mines that Iran has previously displayed, United States Navy officials told reporters on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates. A Navy commander also said during the briefing that fingerprints and other information […]

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With a New Threat, Iran Tests the Resolve of the U.S. and Its Allies

WASHINGTON — Iran’s announcement on Monday that it expects to breach the terms of the 2015 agreement that was intended to slow its ability to develop a nuclear weapon opens a new and perilous phase of its confrontation with the West. If the Iranians make good on their threat to break through the restrictions on […]

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Trump Might Not Want War With Iran. Without Diplomacy He Will Get One.

The United States was quick to blame Iran for last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied involvement, and there is considerable skepticism around the world about American claims. We don’t yet know what really happened, and may not for some time. But what the attacks and subsequent fallout […]

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In Face-Off With Iran, Escalation May Depend on Who Prevails Inside Washington and Tehran

WASHINGTON — As Iran and the United States face off in the Gulf of Oman, the risk may not be just at sea, but in Tehran and Washington, where both Iranian and American hard-liners are seizing on the moment for political advantage. The attacks this week on two tankers in the gulf, instantly attributed to […]

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The U.S. Has Turned Up Pressure on Iran. See the Timeline of Events.

WASHINGTON — The attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday have again sent the United States and Iran, two longtime adversaries, hurtling toward potential crisis. The challenges are diplomatic and economic, as well as military. But that course was set a year ago, foreign policy experts say, when President Trump, enforcing […]

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Iran and the U.S. Are on a Collision Course

What can be said with certainty about the explosions that rocked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday is that attacks on civilian targets are reprehensible. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a likely culprit, and a video taken by a United States Navy surveillance plane demands an explanation. It shows what […]

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As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility

WASHINGTON — To President Trump, the question of culpability in the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is no question at all. “It’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” he declared on Friday. The question is whether the writing is clear to everyone else. For any president, accusing […]

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Are Oman Tanker Attacks Another Gulf of Tonkin?

There has been considerable cynicism worldwide about American claims that the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday were conducted by Iran. Iran has denied the accusation, and on Twitter, the term “Gulf of Tonkin” trended alongside the “Gulf of Oman.” That historical reference is telling. It was in citing […]

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Distrusting Both Iran and U.S., Europe Urges ‘Maximum Restraint’

BRUSSELS — Speaking of the attacks this week on fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman, President Trump said flatly on Friday that “Iran did do it.” European governments may also think that Iran is probably to blame, but their distrust of the Trump administration and its hawkish policy toward Tehran have led them to […]

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Trump Accuses Iran in Explosions That Crippled Oil Tankers

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that there was no doubt that Iran was behind the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week and warned Tehran not to try to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit point for the world’s oil supplies. “Well, Iran did do […]

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‘Flying Object’ Struck Tanker in Gulf of Oman, Operator Says, Not a Mine

TOKYO — One of the tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman was struck by a flying object, the ship’s Japanese operator said on Friday, disputing at least part of the account of United States officials who had blamed Iran for the attack. “Our crew said that the ship was attacked by a […]

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