19 iunie 2019

Iran’s Carefully Coded Message


In mid-June, two oil tankers, the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous , were attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Iranian coast, presumably by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). One of the ships, the Kokuka Courageous , is owned by the Japanese firm Kokuka Sangyo. The other, Front Altair , is Norwegian. The strikes, which followed a similar episode on May 12 and an attack on a Saudi pipeline on May 14, were most likely a carefully calibrated message from Iran to its enemies. [...]