Iran’s Saviz “cargo” ship set up Red Sea attack on Saudi tankers

The attack on two Saudi supertankers on the Red Sea on Wednesday, July 25, was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report.
Disguised as an Iranian-flagged cargo vessel, the 16,660-ton ship carries containers aboard and below decks filled with advanced surveillance gear for tracking commercial and military shipping on the Red Sea. Western and Middle East naval sources have for some weeks been watching the Saviz in a holding pattern between its home base on the Eritrean Dahlak archipelago and the Bab al-Mandeb Straits of the Red Sea.

Before the first Saudi supertanker Arsan was attacked, Saudi and United Arab Emirates intelligence intercepted signals from the Saviz informing Houthi coastal bases of the Arsen’s projected route opposite Yemen’s Red Sea coast with a timeline for when the tanker would come within range of the Yemeni rebels’ shore-based missiles. Our military sources estimate that the Houthis used Iranian C-801 or C-802 shore-to-ship missiles against both the Saudi super tankers they attacked. Only one achieved a direct hit to the Arsen’s stern almost certainly near the water line, but its warhead only partially detonated, causing a 2-3m hole in the hull. Had it penetrated any deeper and reached the 2 million barrels of oil in ship’s hold, one of the worst environmental disasters ever would have ensued. Several other Houthi missiles exploded in the water.

The day after the attacks, Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani gloated: “The Red Sea is not secure with the presence of American troops in the area,”

Although the damage to the Arsen was indeed minimal as the Saudis claimed, they decided not to take any chances and immediately announced the suspension of oil shipping through the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb until conditions were secure. Oil prices shot up by one percent on the world markets. An estimated 4.8 million barrels of oil are shipped daily through the Straits of Bab al Mandeb, which is only 20km wide. Any move to block this Red Sea strait would virtually halt oil shipments from the Gulf through Egypt’s Suez Canal to the Mediterranean that are destined for Europe and the Far East.
Since October 2016, there have been eight Iranian-instigated attacks on US, Saudi and UAE warships and tankers sailing through the Red Sea. They were conducted by Houthis, who were trained in weapons and assault tactics by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah instructors. They taught the Yemeni insurgents how to use anti-ship missiles, fast explosive boats, speedboats equipped with RPG launchers, drones and sea mines. The Houthi missile strike on a pair of Saudi tankers differed from the preceding attacks in that for the first time, Iranians were directly involved.
The US only reacted once before to this aggression: A Houthi missile base on the Red Sea shore was smashed on the orders of President Barack Obama after striking the USS Mason warship on Oct. 9, 2016.

On Friday, July 27, sources in Washington reported that the Trump administration was weighing possible military action, including expanded intervention in the Yemen war, to keep the Red Sea oil shipping route open against Iranian threats to the waterway. Administration officials denied these reports saying that any military action would be taken by US regional allies such as Saudi Arabia, and not American troops. The Iranian naval spy ship Saviz has therefore got away with threatening a key international oil route, while Tehran has proved willing to perpetrate an unimaginable environmental calamity.

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62 thoughts on “Iran’s Saviz “cargo” ship set up Red Sea attack on Saudi tankers

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 19:11 at 19:11

    Why were the Saudis not pro active in taking out the batteries?

    • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:27 at 20:27

      They struggle to effective militarily. The Saudis are already being pretty brutal with regards to the blockades and their effect on the general populace. If the could bomb the shit out of the missile compounds they would have, having an Iranian SIGINT ship feeding info back probably helps the Houthis stay mobile.

      My guess is Trump, who engaged the Saudis very quickly, is still using some leverage there. The Saudis used us for their dirty work for a long time, and 10 years ago ($4/gal US gas) this type of restriction on oil shipping would be highly impactful to the US especially. Shale gas has brought energy diversity, increased energy security, and the way to dominate that relationship we have been beholden to for so long. I hope MBS and his opening of Saudi culture continues, and that our countries can continue mutually beneficial ties; however I take pride that our interests are being given their due. America First

      • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:22 at 23:22

        Sink the Iranian ship. Done and done.

        • Jul 30, 2018 @ 2:07 at 2:07

          yes … why that ship was not sunk, Iran is a little regional wannabee nothing more, time to show what intelligence and strength looks like, send those Iranian sailors to allah.
          Saudis got allot of our top weaponry and support, they can sink that boat easy.

        • Jul 30, 2018 @ 2:23 at 2:23

          Except real jews who hate isis-rael, most jews are isis-raeli and hence homosexuals. Israel is a secular (NOT JEW), homosexual (NOT JEW BECAUSE THEY FUCK ANUSSES IN JERUSALEM), and also stealer killer and usurer of the world (proof is absolutely overwhelming) and nethanyahuo isnt even a practicant jew and he does NOT represent the jewish world. He represents the gay world of fake isis-rael.

          Guys your country is a fake country of whimps. I know some israelis and i beat their asses because they are gay facists.

          Your days are numbered prepare your boats to go back to europe. Only real jews like the haredims that was already there before your gay invasion can stay. The rest of european scum can go from where it came.

          Also if you try to touch any iran site hezbollah gonna fuck your shithole with 100k missiles in your asses you gay bitches. Telaviv is going to be gay smoke.


          Nethanyahoo DOES NOT REPRESENT ME.

          Antoine Rivest,
          anti-gay in jerusalem,
          Real jew


          • Jul 30, 2018 @ 7:29 at 7:29

            Antoine Rivest, c’est pas vraiment un nom juif?????????

          • Jul 31, 2018 @ 17:13 at 17:13

            Antoine… your post only shows your stupidity in addition to insanity

          • Jul 31, 2018 @ 22:34 at 22:34

            “antoine” or “abdullah”?

            you sound quite insane. seek medical help, urgently.

          • Aug 4, 2018 @ 19:27 at 19:27

            אני רואה נאזי איראני באמצעות הקרנה. אתה הפאשיסט הנאצי המוזר תמיד מאשים את ישראל. לך הביתה אל החבר הערבי המשונה שלך.

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 5:14 at 5:14

      Poor poor decision for saudis to don’t export their oil from Suez Canal routh. Are you kidding me? They with 70 billion dollars a year millitary budget dont use that routh because of one or two missiles fired at them? Is this the funniest situation of all time in middle east or what?

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 21:35 at 21:35

      Dangers for Iran are actually nearer due to Iran losing control over the Houthi Militia Actions.

      The War in Yemen did not begin with Saudi Arabia’s March 2015 military intervention in the country but with the Houthi Militias’ violent overthrow of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which happened in September 2014. The Houthi takeover of Yemen’s Capital, backed by Iran, imposed a fundamentalist, sectarian, brutal, and repressive regime that dashed any hope for Political Pluralism and Democratic Governance in the wake of Yemen’s Arab Spring.

      Even if Iran would tell the Houthi to stop attacks. The Houthi may not do it and will just escalate the attacks. Once this happens, then Iranian Shipping and Oil Platforms are Fair Game as well. The one thing Iran can count on is retribution if Ships keep being attack and Sanctions are causing Havoc in Ways that threaten the Iranian Regime. Yemen is out of control now, even a Brutal Counter attack results in stepping up more embolden Houthi’s Counteracts…..once there is no control then Iran is to blame even if they try and stop the Houthi and Arabia benefits if US Navy has to show Iran what Happens to Iranian Platforms, Oil Facilities and Ships, just like what happen in 1988.

      This can cause bigger things than anyone expects and unfortunately than anyone can control let alone fix. It can be One Big Oil Barrel after Barrels rolling down a Hill and hurt the entire Mideast and World. It would also enhance Middle East Arab Coalition, American and Russian Oil Companies Revenues as well. While cutting off Iran’s Oil as intended by sanctions in August and November. It could actually put out the Trade War Tariffs battles as well, as the World Financial Powers would unite to cause Regime Change in Tehran and Human Massacres of all Houthi’s in Yemen with no one caring.

      This is a far Bigger Unknown Possibility of Chaos than Iran, Arabia, Russia, China, Japan, India, Europe, and America can imagine in my view. Small Sparks of Hate in Houthi’s Hearts due to the Inability to Escape Retribution for Houthi’s Own Atrocities brought upon the Houthi’s Victims that were Forsaken with Impunity can easily become a World Problem.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 19:28 at 19:28

    Iran is fighting a war. They will not back down

    • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:09 at 20:09

      Yeah, it is not called I-RAN for a reason, they are testing the American-Arab-Israel resolve and so be it. I recall what POTUS Reagan did to Iran in 1988 when the United States Navy capture, crippled and sank Iranian Ships and Air Force across the Southern half of the Arabian Gulf.

      Just 6 American destroyed 2 Iranian Oil Platforms and Iranian Casualties were heavy due to their irresponsible behavior aggression as America knew exactly how to protect ships, and turn the tables by threaten Iran with Deeds of Destruction.

      Iranian Sailors were pulled out of the water and became Prisoners taken to Bahrain. Iran was told come and get them and Iran sheepishly complied. As Iranian Military Officials were startled at the vigorous opposition that the US Navy taught a lesson to Iranian Forces as a measured response to Iran’s laying of Mines in the Arabian Gulf. The American attacks were acts of self-defense permitted under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. Iran’s Hostilities ended, unless the Iranians again demonstrate hostile intent, and they did not do it.

      However, Pentagon officials said the strong Iranian reaction to the initial raids against the two oil platforms left lingering concerns that more fighting might occur. The platforms were totally burned up right after Iranians began to abandon the platform’ by running into boats. The US Navy continued to sink 4 Iranian Missile Patrol Boats, captured 3 Iranian Frigates and shot down Iranian Jets.

      In fairness on each case, the Navy ships warned Iranian forces on the platforms that an attack was imminent before launching artillery barrages, and later sent Marines to board the platform, attach explosives and blow them up. There was no return fire.

      Within a few hours, however, Iran made a feeble attempt to mount a response, but the Iranian ship was sunk with a crew of 31 and the survivors were later picked up by Iran, once again proving Iran’s embarrassing actions were met with the force of an Adult disciplining a Loud Mouth Little Boy that Cried as He Ran Away!?!

      • Jul 28, 2018 @ 22:09 at 22:09

        Google that operation and correct your history. That was the biggest naval battle in world history in term of using guided surface guided missiles.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:00 at 20:00

    We get them to fight each other, sit back like effendi and eat. We, brothers of Iran. We, brothers of Saudi. We are ZION. Trust us.

    Tucker Carlson Warns: Look out for ‘Gulf Of Tonkin Incident’ Staged To Get War With Iran

    • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:14 at 20:14

      And yo momma’s so stupid, she stared at a cup of orange juice for 12 hours because it said “concentrate.”

    • Jul 31, 2018 @ 22:38 at 22:38

      like “effen” what? quit reading conspiracy websites while you stroke off, it’ll make you stupid as well as blind!

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:10 at 20:10

    Our Great Ayatollah, may Allah bless Him with even greater greatness, in His ecologic ways, He only wants to stop the imperialistic heating of the planet with bad American carbon dioxide from Sunni disgusting dark oil.

    Sunnis pretend are Muslims, but they viciously heat the planet to the maximum and, worst of all, let women drive, what a shame!

    The Red Sea shall stay closed until further orders from our Great Ayatollah!

    • Jul 28, 2018 @ 22:53 at 22:53

      Shut up thrash mouth. Global warming is a myth and is not scientific fact. He fact is we don’t need Iran or Saudi oil in America. It’s not in America’s interest to let Israel go to Persian Islamic dogs like you who are 13ners

      • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:23 at 23:23

        It’s called sarcasm.

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 0:30 at 0:30

      yes PISS be on the mullah their days r numbered before they meet their 72 mongrel virgins, PISS be on th’m all!

      • Jul 29, 2018 @ 5:36 at 5:36

        Challah Inshallah!

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 18:21 at 18:21

      Peace will only be possible when the Islamic world becomes secularized…Playboy clubs , Hooters , Swinging door saloons ,Ocktoberfest ,real equality for women ….and the uncivilized Sharian law – abolished .
      Muslims need to get in step with the 21st century…and have some fun …by modern , civilized standards !
      There is no other way !

      • Jul 29, 2018 @ 20:19 at 20:19

        DEATH to Satans Ayatoola Khomeni’s “Islamic Revolution”

        VIVA the “Islamic REFORMATION”!

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:46 at 20:46

    I do not understand why the Iranian ship has not blown by the Saudis or the US.
    The Saudis seem to be doing the same mistake that Israel is doing to Hibullah & Hamas.
    They must do what Israel used to do a long time ago; hit the enemy hard without mercy and no regards to civilian casualty. This is a war, you must win or surrender.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:56 at 20:56

    That is one big lslamic Iranian Regime target ripe for sinking. Why wait?

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 11:21 at 11:21

      Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb IRAN!
      Iran is getting ready to get the Shit kicked out of them if they screw around with International Shipping.
      Remember we have 12 Air Craft Carriers and a fleet of bombers that can fly around the clock dropping thousands and thousands of bombs. Basically Carpet bomb every military installation in Iran, weapons storage and Command and control and take out everything. All Rubble in six weeks.
      Go ahead and mess with international Shipping and see what happens.

      • Jul 29, 2018 @ 18:25 at 18:25

        The “Armageddon option” should in fact be reserved as a last resort if rational diplomacy fails .

        • Jul 31, 2018 @ 17:11 at 17:11

          Rational diplomacy” what” where” who” did you have a dream?

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 20:59 at 20:59

    Patience everyone. Let the sanctions in August and November kick in…I bet that’s when military interventions will begin to ramp up.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 21:03 at 21:03

    be afraid
    poor Yemen destroys rich and developed Saudi infrastructure via missiles and drones so will iran destroy israel
    thousand nation of persian empire will descent upon you

    • Jul 28, 2018 @ 22:28 at 22:28


    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 2:30 at 2:30

      The Persian empire was not Islamic.Persia certainly will return glory, but only after the ugly bearded crazy evil ayatollahs have been sent packing or bite the dust.

      • Jul 29, 2018 @ 22:37 at 22:37

        @Paul. Jul 29, 2018 @ 2:30 at 2:30 “The Persian empire was not Islamic.Persia certainly will return glory, but only after the ugly bearded crazy evil ayatollahs have been sent packing or bite the dust.”………Indeed and Quite Agree, The Rise Of Islamic Empires started in 751 CE AD, when Paper-Making from China made its way to the West through Muslims. As Trade introduced Islam to the Africans Islamic Future Empire States of the Region, started to expand among the Safavid, Seljuk, and Ottoman Turks and Mughal India Empires and all came and went among the Middle East.

        The Start of the Decline Islamic Empires & Rise Of The West as 3 Periods led to a slow Decline of the Islamic Empires:
        1. Between 1095 and 1291, Christians from Western Europe began 8 Major Invasions against the Middle East. These attacks, called the Crusades, were aimed at “Liberating” the Holy Land and Jerusalem from Muslim Rule.

        2. The Decline continued starting to end with the Collapse of the Abbasid Caliphate due to the Great Khan Mongol Invasions and the Siege of Baghdad in 1258 AD. The Ottoman Sunni Empire to its West, and the Mughal Sunni Muslims to the East in India caused in-fighting decided at the The Battle of Ankara in 1402. When Timur defeated the Ottoman forces throwing the Empire into disorder causing a Civil War from 1402 to 1413.

        3. Most Historical Scholars place the Beginning of the End of the Islamic Golden Age as late as the end of 15th to 16th centuries when at The Battle of Vienna on 12 September 1683. There over 300,000 Ottomans were defeated at Kahlenberg Mountain near Vienna by 40,000 Polish Calvary overrunning the Turkish Janissary starting the The Ottoman Sick-Man of Europe Collapse of the entire Middle East Ottoman Empire in World War I from 1918-1920, but did not bring stability or peace to the region. As British, Dutch, and French Governments for their Oil Companies divided and made a New Map for the Middle East as well American Oil Companies enter the Region as invited by King Saud and other Nations including Libya, Algeria, Kuwait, UAE, and Persia.

        Once the Sunni Middle East removes the Last Bastion of Shiia Rule in Iran making it Persia again and welcomes Israel and Future Kurdistan as Full Partners the Middle East can become a Region of Wealth, Innovations, and Mecca of Energy and Agriculture that can stand equally with America-UK Commonwealth, Europe-(With Russia), and Asia Tigers of China, India, and Japan as well. Bringing a New Middle East Dawn of Enlightenment of All People, Religions, and Cultures.

        Or Iran can acquire the Nukes and so will all of the Middle East and turn the entire Middle East Region into Atomic Ashes over Small Petty Blood Feud Revenge Vendettas among all Sunni, Shiia, Christians and Judaism.

        The current stakes are that high and one serious mistake among a few can keep the Middle East in the Dark Middle Ages.
        So Little Done And So Much More To Do For The Middle East To One Again As Abraham Revealed!

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 21:40 at 21:40

    persian empire is on way back slowly and surely.

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 0:27 at 0:27

      Let the Turks and Saudis fight iran, no need for jews or Yanks to get involved

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 21:45 at 21:45

    President Trump – do not commit the bad mistake of the recent “noble deterrence” by the IDF –
    regarding the Gaza constant provocations. Blast the Iranian warships right out of the water !

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 22:19 at 22:19

    The US exports about 3 mln barrels of oil per day. If the Saudis need protection they must pay for it. We are no longer a hostage to Arab oil embargo as we were in 1973.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:26 at 23:26

    IDF shall send a dolphin boat and sink the Iranian spy ship. Its that easy but take care that the waters are deep enough and nobody of the crew of that damn ship survives.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:33 at 23:33

    the only language the adepts ot the religion of peace understand is bombing

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:34 at 23:34

    this is the fault of iran

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:42 at 23:42

    I prefer the Iranians, not because I know a bunch of them, it is because I have met their enemy.

    • Jul 31, 2018 @ 22:45 at 22:45

      so go live in tehran, ignoranus. nobody will stop you. in fact, we can pass the hat and buy you a ticket, just so long as it’s one-way.

  • Jul 28, 2018 @ 23:47 at 23:47

    bullshit false flag to get the americans directly involved in this dirty war

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 20:24 at 20:24

      The only “false flag” is that of the Fascist Left and 9/11 Troofers with 1001 Conspiracy Theories.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 0:21 at 0:21

    “Western and Middle East naval sources have for some weeks been watching the Saviz in a holding pattern between its home base on the Eritrean Dahlak archipelago and the Bab al-Mandeb Straits of the Red Sea.”…….WHAT the Saudis & the West are waiting for ? They do NOT put pressure on Eritrea, do NOT attack this ship & let the Iranian do whatever they want ?

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 1:18 at 1:18

    Ths Saudi’s need to attack the Iranian Spy vessels in the area, as well as the land-based missile launch sites. If they don’t have the technology or the will to do this, both can be obtained on the open market. There are always groups that have the ability to obtain the resources needed for combat operations.

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 11:29 at 11:29

      The Saudis want the US to be their mercenaries as the US has been all along. The Saudis and Gulf Sttes have the equipment and training but they want the US to do it and then the Imams in their mosques worldwide will condemn the US infidels for attacking Islam. There are no Muslim leaders who are honest, aim to do what is right and have anything to offer the world except jihad and destruction in the name of Moh’d.

      • Jul 29, 2018 @ 17:25 at 17:25


  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 1:29 at 1:29


  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 1:33 at 1:33

    We need one of our Laser ships to beam and burn a hole in the non cargo ship and or a jammer to malfunction its cargo.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 3:31 at 3:31

    Sink it!

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 5:14 at 5:14

    DEBKA has been known to embellish from time to time, but this story may have merit on several fronts. The support of Iran for the operations in Yemen is a point of contention between the US and Russia. Iran’s belief that Russia has Iran’s interest in mind is non existent. Iran’s “usefulness” to Russia is based upon much larger issues than Iran’s influence in the region. Iran’s actions are assumed to be “known” by Moscow and that perception is where this story can get very dangous. there is a great reluctency to plunge into a major conflict, even one that would be so lopsided as the US and it’s Allies against Iran. Iran will stand alone. If you think Russia will support them, then you are too nieve to understand anything about this region of the world.

    So, the message here is far more ominous than many might think. If I am correct, then Iran is taking these actions deliberately not just to provoke the US, but to challenge Moscow as well. Will Russian allow Iran’s military to be decimated? We could be about to find out.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 14:41 at 14:41

    Destroy the Iranian Saviz cargo vessel, its home base on the Eritrean Dahlak archipelago and the Yemeni rebels’ shore-based missiles site.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 17:44 at 17:44

    Send Stormy Daniels to the spy ship with her large explosive boobs.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 18:10 at 18:10

    “intelligence reports” ….the same intelligence for WMD…….nobody believes this bullshit anymore…..US and Israelis are the only ones believing this shiiite…

    • Jul 31, 2018 @ 22:50 at 22:50

      “laughingstock”? then why did saddam’s government report to the un security council, in writing, that it produced, and used, nerve gas? and who was “chemical ali”, and why was he hanged?

      posting unfounded crap doesn’t exactly make you smart.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 18:33 at 18:33

    A couple of rockets, from ‘unknown’ source, on a few of Iran’s oilfields and Iran will not have enough money to support its ‘international’ involvements anywhere! Just a thought

    • Jul 29, 2018 @ 20:30 at 20:30

      President Trump will support the PERSIAN REVOLUTION to overthrow the ayatoolas and bring them to Justice at the end of a hangman’s rope in central Tehran – just as Mussolini ended up in 1943 Rome.

  • Jul 29, 2018 @ 22:33 at 22:33

    Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein reveals the Jewish tactic of conquer and divide through false flag events, Jewish control over the US government, the Jewish involved in 911 and the middle eastern wars, the Jewish founding of communism, and the Jewish ritual sacrifice of non-jewish children.

    • Jul 31, 2018 @ 22:52 at 22:52

      “rabbi”?! in whose dreams, troll?


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