Attempted Iranian seizure of British tanker in the Gulf driven off

Five armed IRGC boats which attempted early Thursday, July 11, to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf backed off when its escort the UK Navy HMS Montrose frigate trained its guns on the boats with a verbal warning. A manned US reconnaissance aircraft was overhead as well. The Iranian force left the scene without opening fire. The British Heritage tanker was about to enter the Strait of Hormuz when it was challenged by the Iranians to change course and enter nearby Iranian waters. According to DEBKAfile’s sources, the tanker had been sheltering in Saudi waters since last week before heading for the Iraqi Shat al-Arb port of Basra to pick up freight, fearing Iranian reprisal for the British Marines’ seizure of an Iranian tanker bound for Syria at Gibraltar earlier this month.

It was decided in London on Wednesday night, in coordination with the US fleet, to allow the tanker to proceed to its destination, accompanied by a British naval escort. Our sources report that the five Guards boats may have been lurking nearby ready to ambush the British tanker when it left Saudi waters, or else the frigate and a US plane were standing by in the expectation of an Iranian attack. Under new US-led coalition policy, outlined on Tuesday by Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chief of US General Staff, all commercial oil tankers sailing through the Persian Gulf are to be escorted henceforth by US, British or French warships.  

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73 thoughts on “Attempted Iranian seizure of British tanker in the Gulf driven off

  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 7:40 at 7:40
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    Is there going to be a fire in Basra?

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 10:33 at 10:33
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      United Kingdom sent Message to the Iran’s Ship full of Iranian Oil Falsely calling it Iraq Oil. Plus, Iran Breaking EU Syrian Sanctions and Broke the EU-Nuke Enrichment Agreement as Israel revealed was happening. Now Iran is Telegraphing to the UK they will Seize or Attack a UK Ship if Grace I Seized not Released worth $200 Million?

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:41 at 15:41
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        England sent a message to the world that it will obediently carry out the fabricated whims of the United States.

        England sent a message to the world that it will hijack civilian vessels under fraudulent pretexts.

        England sent a message to the world that it stands with the Saudi Arabian backed mercenaries who failed to destroy Syrian Christendom, thanks to Iran.

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:56 at 15:56
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          ahmedinejad is a great pig like you and like all the satanic ayatolahs

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 16:18 at 16:18
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          why did the Chicken Salami Brigades cross the Gulf?
          why, to pick at shark droppings, of course!
          but why do the Chicken Salami Brigades pick at shark droppings?
          why, this meal gives dreams of being eagles and high flying, of course!

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:24 at 18:24
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          As usual,the adepts of the religion of peace attack only unarmed targets

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          • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:48 at 18:48
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            Satanic england hijacked a civilian ship.

            Occupiers of Palestine fabricate stories because they’re impotent.

        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:26 at 18:26
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          Some people attack only unarmed targets

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          • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:51 at 18:51
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            The occupiers of Palestine do, systematically, every Friday.

          • Jul 12, 2019 @ 16:21 at 16:21
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            every friday the pigs of allah from gaza are attacking civilians living near gaza borders

        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:57 at 18:57
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          Twisted world view buddy…

          One question, why would they sail around the cape to deliver this cargo, to obfusticate it’s destination? To skirt sanctions put in place by the EU? You seem to skip over those details

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          • Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:40 at 6:40
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            England isn’t in the EU but they did sign the nuclear deal. Their hostage-taking has no legitimacy.

        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 19:20 at 19:20
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          Ahmadinejad Lives… So did the IRGC that they can’t seize any Ships!

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          • Jul 12, 2019 @ 3:59 at 3:59
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            I thought the latest English Piracy Act was to retaliate the downing of the US Global Hawk. If the Iranians were to seize and confiscate the rustic old cargo ship they would have. They are a very capable nation.

          • Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:36 at 6:36
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            Iran doesn’t need to hijack civilian ships.

            What’s the source of your ‘information’?

      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:28 at 18:28
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        Diane shalem is a fasciste,she peevents thé publicat ion of some comments

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:02 at 18:02
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      They gonna exchange Nazanin zagheri with that oil tanker which is in Spain now. This is the plan, they not gonna attack any tanker in persian gulf (they will attack tankers only anonymously). Peace ✌🏼

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 8:57 at 8:57
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    lol the iranians are just like Prairie Chickens, the inflate their chests to look bigger , but they are cowards.

    remember 8 month ago when they said they will be firing volleys of missiles at the israeli targets at the golan heights and ended up shooting two firecrackers .

    The persians has always been cowards, they only attack the weak

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 9:55 at 9:55
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    5 Iranian Speed Boats verses a RN Type 23 Frigate (HMS Montrose)… My money is on the Frigate with its 4.5 inch gun (27km range), 2 x 30mm Auto Cannons, 2 X Mini Guns and 8 Hapoons and depending on which Helo it had embarked they also have Anti Ship Missiles. LOL.

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 10:35 at 10:35
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      This will just Unite the EU with America, Arabia, Israel, and Gulf States. Simultaneously, Warning China, India, South Africa, Japan, and Pacific Rim Nations to find Another Source of Oil other than Iran. Japan Prime Minster was treated with Arrogance while in Iran after his Ship of Oil was Attacked by Iran? Again Showing the Iranian Shiia Regime deserves No Respect since they do not Respect others.

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 11:04 at 11:04
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        @Ginger – No it wont…those rose colored spectacles you’re wearing don’t really work. The Mullahs will continue the same way and so will other countries

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 13:53 at 13:53
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        eğer israil netanyahu abd ile ortak iranın tüm nükleer tesislerini vurmazsa iran ilerde çok bela bir ülke olur o yüzden netanyahuya söyleyin iranın nne kadar nükleer tesisi varsa abd ile oratk israil gece karanlığında iranın nükleer tesislerini vurmalıdır

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 13:54 at 13:54
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          eğer israil netanyahu abd ile ortak iranın tüm nükleer tesislerini vurmazsa iran ilerde çok bela bir ülke olur o yüzden netanyahuya söyleyin iranın nne kadar nükleer tesisi varsa abd ile oratk israil gece karanlığında iranın nükleer tesislerini vurmalıdır

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          • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:59 at 15:59
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            erdogan the great pig is going to die like saddam hussein

      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:38 at 15:38
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        Only lunatics want to ally with the occupiers of Palestine and butchers of Yemen.

        The world knows that Iran threatens nobody, just as the world knows that nuclear-armed fanatics in the region seek war.

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:57 at 15:57
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          ahmedinejad is a great pig like you and like all the satanic ayatolahs

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        • Jul 14, 2019 @ 20:54 at 20:54
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          You’ve been treading too much Al-jazeera my friend. Iran attacked Iraq, Iran finances Hezbullah, Iran finances Hamas, Iran finances Syria and let’s not forget Palestinian Islamic Jihad…such peace loving groups!

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 12:40 at 12:40
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      netanyahu neden iranın nükleer tesislerini vurmuyor

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      • Jul 14, 2019 @ 20:54 at 20:54
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        You’ve been treading too much Al-jazeera my friend. Iran attacked Iraq, Iran finances Hezbullah, Iran finances Hamas, Iran finances Syria and let’s not forget Palestinian Islamic Jihad…such peace loving groups!

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:35 at 15:35
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      Actually, it was ZERO Iranian boats.

      Just another fake story, fabricated by chickenhawks who want to see war.

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 16:07 at 16:07
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      Hi .I hope you have some foto with iranian IRGC boats and the UK oil tanker The British Heritage .

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 10:01 at 10:01
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    Teokratik şamandıralar Türk diktatörü gibi olduklarını ortaya koyarlar

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 11:31 at 11:31
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    I read this and LAUGHED.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 11:47 at 11:47
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    Iranian people need to see the West administer a heavy smack on the regime gangs of Militia and Mullahs, to give them the spirit to revolt ;

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:34 at 15:34
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      The pirates of the ‘west’ can do nothing to Iran.

      That’s why they steal civilian boats.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 11:59 at 11:59
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    iranian cowards we know it since so long but it is a confirmation now from yourselves

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 12:04 at 12:04
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    So another ” incident ” and counting….
    Sanctions won’t do the job.Sooner or later firm action will be needed.The clock is ticking.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 12:54 at 12:54
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    Fake Fake Fake
    Fake Fake Fake
    Fake news made by western-zionist media
    iran denying this accident
    there is not one evidence for this accident, not even a shaky cellphone video clip
    be sure, if the iran navy wants to stop a ship, the ship will be stopped

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 13:20 at 13:20
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      What’s FAKE is the “palestinian” people.
      Phoney as a 3-dollar bill.

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:09 at 15:09
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        Sorry thats the Fakestinian People. An ancient phony people about 70 years old who claim they are are indigenous while 75% of them are from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.

        As far as the Aryan / Iranians go, they fight with Proxies / Terrorists as is obvious and will hopefully soon get a solid spanking that will take years to recover from. Even better if the Iranian People can hang the Mullahs by their feet and get their country back after suffering under these Jihadis for decades.

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45
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          The United States and the occupiers of Palestine are still upset that Iran intervened to save Syrian Christendom from their ISIS allies.

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 21:33 at 21:33
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          The first sentence of the Balfour declaration–the legal fig leaf used to steal Palestine–reads, “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home…”

          Seventy years ago the UN invoked white imperialism to fulfill Balfour’s promise to his Lord Rothschild.

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 13:51 at 13:51
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      I was unaware that “Palestine” had a president. But I’m definitely aware that Palestine is not a State.

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 14:21 at 14:21
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        Mr mahmud babas chief of plo
        is anyway president of the state palestina
        israel is a fake state , like thie report of driven off attewmpt

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        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:12 at 15:12
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          Ha Ha Ha,
          Israel / Judea / Zion has been around for thousands of years and Archaeology, not just the Bible proves it. The problem came after Mohammed the Lunatic Pedophile and his death cult of Zombies who claim Al Quds with Zero connection to it. Islam is a cult of smoke, mirrors, ignorance, and death.

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          • Jul 11, 2019 @ 21:27 at 21:27
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            In 1947, european imperialists used the UN to steal Palestine for white squatters in Poland and the Ukraine.

            Before receiving this act of charity from their UN benefactor, a few sundry european terrorists like David Ben Guriron came to Palestine to murder British officials and bomb hotels.

        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58
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          the pales swines are fake muslim pigs and isis terrorists like the satanic ayatolahs

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          • Jul 11, 2019 @ 20:21 at 20:21
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            Right ON brother!

            From the River to the Sea,
            Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 13:57 at 13:57
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      Thanks for the laugh. IND will be watching the replies for more of your entertaining bologne.

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    • Jul 12, 2019 @ 18:37 at 18:37
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      Can you support the claim that Iran denies this incident? Maybe a link or source?
      Much of Western media is decidedly anti-Zionist. You need to get out more.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 14:19 at 14:19
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    Maybe the US plane give us same foto whit IRGC boats and the UK oil tanker.
    Thank you in advance …;)

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 14:51 at 14:51
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    The American desire for a joint force patrolling the Gulf and Strait may become a necessity. The seizure of tankers transporting Iranian oil by both Britain and Egypt is a major escalation from mere sanctions on buyers. It is the first step in an actual physical blockade of Iranian ports. Iran has promised to close the Strait if that happens. There will be some sort of escalation by the Iranians. We are on the precipice of war.

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 19:23 at 19:23
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      Bob Sykes Is Right! Iran Cornered Themselves!

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:31 at 15:31
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    The Mossad war fabricators are hard at work with yet another make believe story.

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    • Jul 11, 2019 @ 16:03 at 16:03
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      Ahmadinejad, no one here buys an iota of your propaganda. Iran is a pimple that needs popping. If the IRCG keeps pulling the tails of its betters, it’s gonna get it’s pee-pee whacked hard.

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      • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:56 at 18:56
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        Forced to make up stories of Iran’s aggression, Mossad exposes itself.

        England hijacked a civilian ship because Iran saved Syrian Christendom from their ISIS allies.

        To show itself as something other than a pathetic colony, England should acknowledge this fact and honor the agreements with Iran to which they legally bound themselves.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 15:59 at 15:59
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    Turkeys in the house. Gobble-gobble.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 16:32 at 16:32
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    Alex J is fake news . Debka is truth news always.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:50 at 18:50
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    iranın nükleer tesisleri abd ingiltere ve israil savaş uçaklarıyla ortak gece karanlığında iranın tüm nükleer tesisleri vurulmalıdır

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 19:28 at 19:28
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    Frank… Agree, but other Nations are seeing the Reality of Iran!

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    • Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:33 at 6:33
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      So far they’ve seen England hijack a ship and their allies fabricate a response that never happened.

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  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 23:22 at 23:22
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    All these British, American, French and White Christian troops have to leave the Middle East, so that pure soldiers of Allah can rule the country and make the ME a world power united under the Ummah

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    • Jul 12, 2019 @ 18:44 at 18:44
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      Well, there are Palestinians Christians living in Israel as well as other Cultures in the Mideast!

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      • Jul 13, 2019 @ 6:09 at 6:09
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        ISIS, the great allies of the antisemitic squatters, have tried to destroy the birthplace of Christendom in Syria.

        Thanks to the Iranian Republic and the Syrian Arab Army, they failed.

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  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 0:00 at 0:00
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    ———————————————IN CONCLUSION TO THIS ARTICLE———————————————–

    IRANIAN TERRORIST GUARDS ARE WEAK, LIARS, AND EXCEEDINGLY COWARDS.

    THEY HAVE SALAMI BUT NO COJONES!

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    • Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:32 at 6:32
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      Who’s the source of your ‘information’, genius?

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  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 0:04 at 0:04
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    —————————IN CONCLUSION TO THIS ARTICLE ————————————–

    IRANIAN TERRORIST GUARDS ARE WEAK, LIARS, AND EXCEEDINGLY COWARDS.

    THEY HAVE SALAMI BUT NO COJONES!
    ALL BECAUSE ATOMIC ALI KHAMENEI IS A CLOWN

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  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 10:41 at 10:41
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    Most likely the IRG naval units are engaging in “training” exercises, practicing with some missile and undercover coordination, experimenting with various mock attacks, using computers and satellites and drones, trying to come up with some set of tactics for the real deal, if such an opportunity arises for them. Western forces, for their part, are trying to determine what factors will convince the Iranians to launch a real attack. Cat and mouse.

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    • Jul 12, 2019 @ 14:53 at 14:53
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      Most likely Mossad made the whole thing up.

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  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 20:54 at 20:54
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    Finally, bombing campaign plans approved on Anarak, Arak, Ardakan, Bonab, Bushehr, Chalus, Darkovin, Fordow, Isfahan, Karaj, Lashkar Abad, Lavizan, Natanz, Parchin, Saghand, Tehran Research Reactor and Yazd. Enjoy!!!

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  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 23:27 at 23:27
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    Gulf Oil has its days numbered, Iran is slitting its own throat. Israeli gas and oil along with USA gas and oil will prosper big time to the free world.

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  • Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:22 at 7:22
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    asymmetry in war is interesting these days. I agree with Stephen, information is more valuable than confrontation. Losses in the modern era are not sustainable by any nation state. I suspect the S-400 presents the risk of an American pilot or two being paraded about. The real coup is to hit an American carrier.

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