High alert in US, British Navies after UK marines seize Iranian oil tanker

The high alert was declared even before Mohsen Rezai’s threat on Friday, July 5, to seize a British vessel unless the Iranian oil tanker impounded by UK Marines on its way to Syria was released at once. The Panama-flagged Grace 1 was carrying Iranian crude oil for the Banyas refinery in Syria on Thursday, when troops of the Royal Marines boarded and impounded the vessel in keeping with European Union sanctions in force against Syria since 2011. The vessel was towed to port in Gibraltar. The island’s British and Spanish authorities admitted they had acted on US intelligence and meeting a special request from Washington.

Some of the British marines were dropped onto the ship’s deck by rope from a helicopter; a second group clambered aboard from speedboats. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman called the action a “form of piracy.” The British ambassador was summoned to the office in protest.
Iranian and European diplomats had just spent a week on tough talks on compensation for US sanctions, especially on its oil exports. They ended in impasse. French President Emmanuel Macron had offered to travel to Tehran, provided the Iranians backtracked on their decision to exceed the 2015 nuclear limits on uranium enrichment as of Sunday, July 7. After that letdown, the seizure of the oil tanker was a major blow for Iran and set back the deterrent advantage gained by a string of Revolutionary Guards sabotage attacks on Gulf oil targets and the US in Iraq since May 12. Tehran will not allow this extreme affront to go unanswered.

DEBKAfile’s military sources note that the capture of the tanker at Gibraltar blocked the Mediterranean route for dodging US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. US intelligence tracked the Grace 1 from its port of origin in Iran in mid-June and watched the vessel circumnavigating Africa instead of sailing through the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and Mediterranean up to its Syrian destination. Now that the Gibraltar gate to the Mediterranean is slammed shut, Iran can only fall back on the Chinese outlet. For now, the Trump administration is turning a blind eye to the oil tankers moving Iranian oil freights to terminals in China.  
Mohsen Rezai, a former IRGC commander, is described by our sources as enjoying the rare advantage of high prestige in regime circles and wide popularity on the Iranian street. His voice is relatively moderate and measured compared with his hardline colleagues. The threat to seize a British oil tanker or other vessel coming from him should be taken seriously.

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75 thoughts on “High alert in US, British Navies after UK marines seize Iranian oil tanker

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 16:32 at 16:32

    Hmm little better than a 100mil worth of oil. little better than a 100mil worth of drone? Sounds about right we just need to multiply that number by 10 so as to make sure we are on the right side of the cost curve.

    • Jul 5, 2019 @ 19:31 at 19:31

      A new sheriff on the block, no more traitors obongo, el al

      • Jul 5, 2019 @ 22:22 at 22:22

        The next “Angry Diplomatic Dance”, Misstep could be a Nasty IRGC Slippery Oil Mishap? The EU Message is Shot Across Bow after Iranian Shiia Regime Threaten to Destroy Israel in 30 Minutes? Proving the Regime Threats Can’t be Allowed to Cross the Nuclear Threshold Weaving Obliteration Actions!

        • Jul 5, 2019 @ 23:51 at 23:51

          Confiscation of the ship and cargo is of course here the best legal way to proceed.
          In respect of exceeding the nuclear limits on uranium enrichment, a new set of UN sanctions, just like the one erroneously lifted in January 2016, but tighter, are the logic way to go.

          Funny thing is the Iranian regime never seriously considered to rise a golden monument for Obama.

          • Jul 6, 2019 @ 0:27 at 0:27

            McDockerty….Agree, The EU-UK Seizure were Syria Sanctions, Shipping Oil for Syria? Message to Syria, Iran, & America EU Sanctions Prevent Tehran & “Damascus”, Profiting. Tehran Can’t Sell & Syria Can’t Buy Iran’s Oil Around Africa for Syrian Refinery!

        • Jul 6, 2019 @ 9:38 at 9:38

          türk kökenli dini lider hamaneyi öldürüp iranla arkadaş olmalıyız çünkü halklarımız arasında bağlantı var türk kökenli dini lider hamaneyi öldürmeliyiz iran halkını ayaklandırıp iran molla rejimini değiştirmeliyiz

          • Jul 6, 2019 @ 16:03 at 16:03

            fghjk.. Interesting, point and relevant but like “Xerxes”, the Powers that put the “Dual Shiia’s Hamans the Agagites Khomeini & Khamenei”, to Lower The Echelon of Iran when Shah’s Modernization & OPEC Creation became an Obstacle are the Ones that must Change Iran from turning the Missile East to Atomic Ashes. Sons & Daughters of “Mordecai”, will Protect Israel, Mideast & World from these Servants Puppet Hamans!

          • Jul 6, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14

            İbrahim’in Tüm Oğullarını ve Kızlarını Asmak İsteyen Haman’ı Unutma, Kendi İpi Asmak! Aynı şey İran Rejimi’nde gerçekte kullanılacak Nükleer Silahları seçmeleri durumunda da gerçekleşecek, Haman’ın “Haman’a Ölüm” cümlesiyle kaldırıldığı gibi onlar için de kullanılacak!

      • Jul 6, 2019 @ 7:00 at 7:00

        …it is the same Rothschild sheriff.

        • Jul 7, 2019 @ 23:42 at 23:42

          Give it up Frank, those tired anti-Semitic lies really sound dumb.

          • Jul 8, 2019 @ 6:56 at 6:56

            To whom was the Balfour Declaration addressed?

          • Jul 8, 2019 @ 12:53 at 12:53

            @zeek Then you know nothing about the Illuminati and the New World Order. Get yourself an education and read “The Killing Of Uncle Sam”

    • Jul 5, 2019 @ 23:34 at 23:34

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      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 12:54 at 12:54


    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 5:33 at 5:33

      Quite Comical Iran claims a Panama Ship with Pakistan, Indian and Ukrainian Crew with a Cargo Manifest of Iraq Oil, but GPS Trade Tracking Data Loaded at an Iranian Port? Why would Iran be Upset about Tanker Loaded with Iraqi Oil Worth $200 Million? UK seized the Iraq Oil under EU Syrian Sanction 2014!

    • Jul 7, 2019 @ 2:13 at 2:13

      Don’t worry, there will be great bunga-bunga upon Iran at the right time.

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02

    Wow.1 tanker seized in 8 years of sanctions. Perfect score / timing!!!.

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 0:37 at 0:37

      McDockerty… President Reagan Words made Khomeini Back Down in 1981 if Hostages are Not Returned. Iran Shiia Regime takes Advantage of Weakness but know when to Submit when President not afraid to do what they say!

      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 6:57 at 6:57

        Reagan’s words: “I will commit a felony to give you weapons!”

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 17:50 at 17:50

    UK can hand it over to the US now. Let’s see if the iranians want to “seize” a US ship?

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 14:45 at 14:45

      The UK could wipe Iran off the map in a weekend we don’t need the USA to do our work.

      • Jul 6, 2019 @ 23:08 at 23:08

        For lo, the sun comes, glowing like a furnace, and all the audacious sinners and all the perpetrators of wickedness will be stubble. And the sun that comes shall burn them up so that it will leave them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of Hosts.

        • Jul 7, 2019 @ 18:59 at 18:59

          I like that messaging and wording. Can you tell my the chapter and verse and book it comes from? Thanks ????❤️??

          • Jul 7, 2019 @ 20:36 at 20:36

            It is a quote from The Book of Errors.
            God landed his children Adam and Eve in a garden and said “no 100% eating of the forbidden fruit, let is hang up there and only 50% is allowed of looking”. But, then % got wrongly interpreted, then growing, and they ended up making jam out of it.
            But at that time there was no morals and nobody knew parents carry a responsibility.

      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:47 at 4:47

        Maybe, maybe not.
        Since Thatcher, not sure of your resolve, the whole culture is lost, Khan said terrorism part of living in a city???? May had no spine,
        Ur only hope is Boris J

      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 6:58 at 6:58

        Does the UK still have a navy capable of something other than piracy of civilian ships?

        • Jul 11, 2019 @ 0:10 at 0:10

          بريطانيا بعد ان كانت سيدة العالم اليوم اصبحت كلب امريكا المطيع

      • Jul 9, 2019 @ 8:59 at 8:59

        @patriot – The UK wont do that – they’re not as unhinged as you. Double your meds.

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 18:03 at 18:03

    They’ve sent the Grace 1 tanker full of oil, while keeping Grace 2 full of beer for themselves!

    Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing the general does is stand up and say, “My name is Mohsen and I’m an alcoholic?”

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 18:08 at 18:08

    Is “__trashed-6-copy” better than __trashed-5-copy?

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 19:32 at 19:32

    A new sheriff on the block, no more traitors obongo, el al

    • Jul 5, 2019 @ 19:43 at 19:43

      Yea he’ll attack them with spaceships and Sherman tanks…

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 19:45 at 19:45

    hopefully the iranians siezes the brit tanker, so excited to see those ISISiranians getting roasted by the coalition

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 20:31 at 20:31

    Sanctions and a blockade are alternatives to war.

    Humanity should be proud.

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 20:34 at 20:34

    Iranians are smart, but they are mis-calculating if they think their past bluster and aggression will work with Trump and a U.S. military that is 1000X better and smarter than them. I would love to see the Mullahs overthrown and the Iranian people free and able to join the feared world.

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 4:38 at 4:38

      Shep Fargo… The Persian Culture was a Lighthouse in an Ancient Foggy World and Will One Day Help Enlighten the Entire Middle East. However, this Regime Setback Iran what Mao did to China, A New Persia with all Nations including Israel will Prevail Together for a Better Future.

      • Jul 6, 2019 @ 5:40 at 5:40

        The Bible says ALL of Middle East will be destroyed in nuclear war
        Read Zechariah Joel Daniel Ezekiel

        • Jul 6, 2019 @ 6:58 at 6:58

          Ez. 38-39 war, coming up!

          • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:40 at 4:40

            Keep your eyes to the sky, for His time (Jesus Christ Lord and Savior, Messiah) draws near! Look at all the fulfilled prophecies! Amen! and Shalom!

          • Jul 8, 2019 @ 12:57 at 12:57

            No, Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 completed first.

        • Jul 6, 2019 @ 6:59 at 6:59

          Sos811… Certainly, Bad News, but he not say When is the Good News?

          • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:49 at 4:49

            The entire Bible is Good News and a (agape love) love letter to all who accept and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior! A pure true holy and just love! Amen and Shalom!

            May God (Elohim / YAHWEH)
            Bless Israel!

            Learn to pronounce
            noun: Yahweh; noun: Yahveh

            a form of the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible. The name came to be regarded by Jews ( c. 300 BC) as too sacred to be spoken, and the vowel sounds are uncertain.

        • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:37 at 4:37

          It also speaks of the second coming

  • Jul 5, 2019 @ 22:09 at 22:09

    Iranian rial = 0.000019 British pound.
    The crude oil value in that tanker is just below 5,000,000 of million rials, or 5 trillion rials.
    Not really a lot, Iranian reaction seems disproportionate.

  • Jul 6, 2019 @ 2:55 at 2:55

    what else is on that tanker?

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 3:16 at 3:16

      Not much, maximum 25 tons of weapons hidden under the inner bottom platting.
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😉 😉 😉

  • Jul 6, 2019 @ 3:49 at 3:49

    We have here a rogue country delegating a general to threaten the Great Britain.
    The general of my foot!
    This is serious issue, someone must smash his teeth before speaking twice.

    • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:17 at 4:17

      I’m sorry was that your ancestors in Australia!?

  • Jul 6, 2019 @ 6:57 at 6:57

    Jews causing WW3. Congratulations!

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 9:41 at 9:41

      You’ll lose WW3 just as you lost WW2. Congratulations and Happy Nakba!

      And the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2.

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 14:46 at 14:46

      You are confusing Persians with Jews? Or are you saying that Iran threatening to go nuclear and annihilate their neighbors while deeply oppressing their own people is the fault of the Jews? Either way you are a bigoted fool.

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 16:21 at 16:21

      Iran is making the Nuclear Threats and it is Blow Back on Iran not Israel!

    • Jul 8, 2019 @ 4:30 at 4:30

      No your just illiterate and do not want to read the Bible the Book of Truth!

      “Israel is Gods people, They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises.” ~ Romans 9:4

      “That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.” ~ Isaiah 65:16

      • Jul 9, 2019 @ 17:36 at 17:36

        Wow, reading this makes me sick. Go and look at how Yah establishes Israel, and try to tell me that it is the same political Zionist state that we see today.

        They also rejected the Messiah. And soon when Isiah 17 is completed, it will be known who has forgotten the God of their salvation and who has not.

        Daniel 11:14 is what is being fulfilled.

  • Jul 6, 2019 @ 15:11 at 15:11

    The US is betting that the Ayatollahs will surrender rather than fight. FDR made the same bet regarding the Japanese. It is hard to see how a major Middle Eastern war can be avoided, one which would involve the US, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, KSA, and maybe even Egypt. Everyone seems to be locked in. Who benefits other than Russia-China?

    • Jul 6, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58

      America Benefits since it will have more Oil to Sell at Higher Prices Globally that Europe, China, Japan, India, and South Korea need to Economically to Thrive and make Europe, Russia, China, and India Police the Mideast at their Costs. While America, Israel, Arabia and Gulf States Dominate Global Economics!

  • Jul 6, 2019 @ 18:49 at 18:49

    The Only Democracy in the Middle East – 1P1V1S Palestine – coming soon to an Israeli Apartheid theater near you

    ‘Anti-Kahanism is not Anti-Semitism, it’s Anti-Jewish Hitlerism’ – Peter Beinart

    ‘The Kahanist’s invisibility sutra has been interrupted by cognitive dissonance and is no longer operative – they’re naked as Jaybirds and worse, 1/2 of them still think they’re invisible’ – – Peter Beinart

  • Jul 7, 2019 @ 12:24 at 12:24

    Keep putting economic pressure on the antisemitic mullahs and their violent backwards regime, they will eventually feel the effects.

  • Jul 7, 2019 @ 14:48 at 14:48

    The 10 Can’t Commandments Of Iran: 1. Can’t Win Any Conflict, 2. Can’t Remove Sanctions, 3. Can’t Get Around Trade Embargoes, 4. Can’t Overcome Financial Confiscation, 5. Can’t Overcome Sunni Majority, 6. Can’t Attack Gulf States, 7. Can’t Attack Israel, 8. Can’t Stop American Navy, 9. Can’t Shut Down Oil Transport, 10. Can’t Stop Economic Unrest. Because, these all will Hurt Iran, Iran Shiia Regime have No Place to Go but New Talks With New Agreement Conditions Change of Behavior, and Can’t do that Either!

    • Jul 8, 2019 @ 1:09 at 1:09

      When President Moses announced sanctions upon Egypt because of the nasty politics of Pharaoh, he lost precious time by starting gradually, very similar with the tweetings of President Trump, even if he was explicitly told from before it will not work.
      See? The bible has still a lot of to teach us, the blind generations of this modern era.

  • Jul 7, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58

    The EU wanted so badly to be allies and partners with Iran for their oil and business but Iran shot themselves in the foot by spitting in their face with the announcement of the uranium enrichment. The EU has no alternative now but to go along with the US, Saudi and Israel. If Iran doesn’t cry “uncle” soon it could be a real mess.

    • Jul 8, 2019 @ 6:48 at 6:48

      England isn’t in the EU.

      They’re just a colony of the United States, not unlike those occupying Palestine.

      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 13:04 at 13:04

        Then you don’t know who really controls the US. Read “The Killing of Uncle Sam” and find out. (We do)

  • Jul 7, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41

    Europe has Major Problems, they need Iranian Oil and Won’t Pay for Defenses for their Own Ships and NATO Dues. Trump has Shown Signs that has to End! Europe only cares about Europe using other Nations and caused these Mideast Problems with their Imperialism but Expects America to Protect them while they Flourish Un-Abated, Un-Repented and few Friends of Israel?

  • Jul 8, 2019 @ 2:57 at 2:57

    IRAN is like a mad dog barking and crying , how ever ayatollahs can do nothing, when Israel and USA and NATO forces occupy Iran. We want all Traitors be given true trials and life in prison and put a Iranaion songs for them 24 hours a day. We love Israel and USA. We will vote for Trump.

  • Jul 8, 2019 @ 2:58 at 2:58

    IRAN is like a mad dog barking and crying , how ever ayatollahs can do nothing, when Israel and USA and NATO forces occupy Iran. We want all Traitors be given true trials and life in prison and put a Iranaion songs for them 24 hours a day. We love Israel and USA. We will vote for Trump.

  • Jul 8, 2019 @ 6:52 at 6:52

    Sad little England, forced to attack a civilian ship because it was ordered to do so.

    Just like they cannot abide by the agreement with Iran that they signed.

    When Iran retaliates, I wonder if they will cry?

    • Jul 8, 2019 @ 13:07 at 13:07

      You don’t get it. By going up to 5 % enrichment, Iran reneged on the agreement, pushing the UK and the others into Trump’s lap. Your Ayatollahs are blinded by your religion, which is why Iran will now suffer.

      • Jul 8, 2019 @ 15:09 at 15:09

        The agreement says nothing of the sort. With it’s unilateral withdrawal, the United States remains the only signatory in flagrant violation of UN resolution 2231.

        Iran hasn’t even gone to 5% yet. Moreover, France and England have not abided by the terms of the agreement, per their master’s instructions. “The EU will refrain from re-imposing sanctions.”

        After giving the United State’s colonial powers more than a year to comply, Iran “can use the unresolved issues [the poodle countries and the sanctions] as grounds to cease performing its commitments.”

        • Jul 8, 2019 @ 15:17 at 15:17

          This is why the US colonies used the Syria sanctions as pretext for their act of piracy–the hijacked ship has nothing to do with the JSPOA.

  • Jul 9, 2019 @ 15:11 at 15:11

    a few iranian tankers confiscated should pay for the drone the iranians shot down.

  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32

    ل هذا قربعه في تنك

  • Jul 11, 2019 @ 0:35 at 0:35

    كل مايحدث مجرد قربعه في تنك

  • Jul 12, 2019 @ 3:48 at 3:48

    It is a ‘war’ of worlds of different belief systems. Tankers & drones minor stuff.

    They win we disappear, we win they go onwith a different government.t

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