Iran’s special marine unit sabotaged tankers. Fujairah was outside US, Saudi, UAE purview

A special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards marine force carried out the sabotage attack Sunday on 4 Saudi oil tankers outside Fujairah port, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources reveal. Iran chose this venue in the Gulf of Oman waters of the United Arab Emirates for its first proactive strike against US sanctions, because it is way off the beaten track of Gulf oil export routes. There were two other reasons:

 (a) To show the US and Gulf oil nations that Tehran doesn’t need to block the Strait of Hormuz in order to disrupt the Gulf’s oil exports to international markets.

(b) The UAE has built the new Habshan-Fujairah oil pipeline there for the purpose of circumventing the Strait of Hormuz. By striking Fujairah, the Iranians demonstrated that alternative shipping routes are just as vulnerable to Iranian attack as the Gulf of Hormuz.

The above picture shows a direct hit to the Norwegian-flagged Andre Victoria oil tanker which was almost scuttled.

Our sources note that although war tensions between US and Iran were mounting sharply, Western intelligence and the Gulf emirates were caught off-guard by the location of the Iranian attack and its precise targeting. It is now estimated that Tehran carefully calibrated the blasts to cause damage while falling short of sinking the vessels or inflicting casualties.

The coming issued of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out on Friday, May 17 calls on its expert military and intelligence experts for a closer, more detailed look at the Iranian operation, how it was accomplished and how it hoodwinked Western and Gulf intelligence watchers. To subscribe to DEBKA Weekly, click here.

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71 thoughts on “Iran’s special marine unit sabotaged tankers. Fujairah was outside US, Saudi, UAE purview

  • May 13, 2019 @ 20:57 at 20:57
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    F U C K I R A N !

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 21:09 at 21:09
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      For the beginning a limited bombing of Bushehr, Isfahan, and Natanz with 10 to 20 thousands tonnes of conventional explosives each, should sent the clear message “don’t do it again”.

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      • May 13, 2019 @ 21:17 at 21:17
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        This time we got screwed cut red handed and evidence of the ayatollah regime lies, but next time the Iranian evil spirit will prevail.

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      • May 13, 2019 @ 21:31 at 21:31
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        What a joke!

        Delivered how? By a space-portal?

        The squatter antisemities only hope of war with Iran is false-flagging the same benefactor who cuts their welfare checks. They don’t have the juice to take on the Persians when they can’t even keep their Concentration Campers suppressed.

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        • May 14, 2019 @ 9:37 at 9:37
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          “The squatter antisemities only hope of war with Iran is false-flagging the same benefactor who cuts their welfare checks. They don’t have the juice to take on the Persians when they can’t even keep their Concentration Campers suppressed”

          There seem to a lot of code words that the writer of this comment thinks are meaningful. But they do not make sense to anyone with any sense.

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        • May 14, 2019 @ 11:40 at 11:40
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          @weaker:apparently,the tumor in your brain is growing ,no one understands what this dog is writing

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 22:25 at 22:25
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      death to the muslim pigs

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:36 at 19:36
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      Hey idiot. this is false flag. The sources are israeli

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:27 at 21:27
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    “DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources reveal” that they are really, really bad at Photoshop.

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 22:32 at 22:32
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      WEAKER THAN A SATANIC AYATOLHAH
      Saudi King will nuke the pigs of teheran shortly
      Salman Rushdie satanic verses
      Do not forget the satanic muslim nazis killing hundreds of christians in Sri Lanka in churches
      the pigs from isis and the ayatolah pigs together with pig erdogan will die this year.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:28 at 21:28
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    It looks like this regime won’t stop unless it’s toppled, period.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 3:03 at 3:03
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      It was Americans delivery , and Israelis mistake that burned underwater facility in UAE and Saudia; And now American and Israeli subs have been fully radiated , while both crews in both are either dead , or almost dead. American guided operation , with Israeli red flagging it , and here we go another Tiran….Not Teheran but Tiran , Israeli lost in somewhere in Caribbean , by being blown by their American partners by mistake.

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 7:47 at 7:47
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        stupidmeo, You know what Americans can deliver? A SURPRISE package to Tehran that will make it and Mecca as hot as the surface of the Sun – IFF the US or Israel suffer a WMD attack.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:32 at 21:32
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    The UK is calling these incidents “unintended.” Are they trying to be funny or just stupid?

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 21:44 at 21:44
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      Indeed: Mossad has just published a piece of mixed-media art and called it ‘evidence’!

      Now watch Debka’s antisemitic Hitlerites treat it as The Gospel.

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      • May 13, 2019 @ 21:52 at 21:52
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        Yeah, unless perchance they have something better to do, like relaxing with their families thousands of miles away from a shthole.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 0:45 at 0:45
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      They ARE stupid in the UK

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 1:02 at 1:02
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        @Joseph – No they are diplomats in the UK, the meat heads are the Yanks. Someone’s got to manage the cowboys before they hurt themselves..

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        • May 14, 2019 @ 10:19 at 10:19
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          From an early age we Yanks have been playing ‘cowboys and Indians’. Nobody ever plays ‘UN peacekeeping force’

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:40 at 21:40
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    Doubt the revolutionary guards did this. But payback would be for navy seals to sneak into Irans harbour and put limpet mines on every ship and sub sending them all to the bottom

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 1:04 at 1:04
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      If you are refering to the US Navy SEALS they do not have the capacity or capability to achieive such a task. Neither are they a capability resource that would be untilized for such a requirement. YALTAM

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 3:06 at 3:06
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        You want to bet?!

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 5:14 at 5:14
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        Your dipstick is showing my poor stupid enemy. You need to get back on your meds.

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 8:18 at 8:18
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        Pajama Boy,

        Does Osama bin Laden enjoy sleeping with the fishes?

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      • May 18, 2019 @ 12:12 at 12:12
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        Keep telling yourself that US Navy Seals and Underwater Demolition teams do not have the capability to sneak into EVERY Iranian export harbor and attach mines to each and every ship there, and no one would ever see them come or go, cha-cha. Whatever helps you sleep at night. However, I do think that may very well be part of the plan. Donald Trump does NOT f*ck around. He’s ready, willing, and able to topple the Iranian terrorist regime. And fully capable.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:50 at 21:50
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    Nice opening shot by Iran.Whats next in store?And what will be the response, if any ? Or should i say much to do about nothing? Time to g ive the Mullahs a nice reward a.k.a. carpet bombing.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 21:55 at 21:55
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    I cannot believe that the word is afraid by a band of fanatics mullahs
    If they want war with the US HALLAh protect them . They could be vitrified in 30 minutes
    Let’s do it !

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 1:01 at 1:01
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      @pierre bigi – sorry but Google translate gave up on your comment…what in heavens are you jibbering on about?

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 22:02 at 22:02
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    Love the push for subscriptions 🙂

    Money, money … always trying to make some 😉

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 12:32 at 12:32
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      Commy Fidel makes his money bullying other people out of theirs.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 22:12 at 22:12
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    Thanks Ted. I agree. We don’t need swimmers for this job, but I understand the logic.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 22:13 at 22:13
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    What if it is a Mosad plot for further escalation! Debka’s special sources!! Are mosad agents!

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 22:26 at 22:26
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      death to the ayatolahs pigs

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 22:39 at 22:39
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    Who would have thought that the Israelis and Arabs would join forces to destroy

    barbaric, diabolical, fascist iran.

    No Khomeni,
    No Mahdi,

    just NAKBA.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 4:20 at 4:20
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      Doing some book learnin’ about the last 5 decades, eh?! Good job! I’m important to address your ignorance head-on. Did ya know that Kuwait has been a servant of europe for 120 years?!

      No longer is Marg the Swine nuking Mecca; now he’s fellating Muhammad Bin Salman like the squatter army has done in the Stolen Golan for almost a decade!

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 22:41 at 22:41
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    remember my words

    who stand against people&state of iran, who stand against the god and will be removed from face of the earth

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 14:06 at 14:06
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      @Abbas President of the Palestine
      Your post does not make sense. Try improving your English grammar before you try to make a point.

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 23:00 at 23:00
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    May the U.S. military display and act their Full Might – (unlike the cowardly IDF leadership (i.e. Bibi and Co.)
    Once both respond together, the ayatollahs wouldn’t be able to wipe the s^*t of their skirts fast enough…

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 23:01 at 23:01
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    May the U.S. military display and act their Full Might – (unlike the cowardly IDF leadership (i.e. Bibi and Co.)
    Once both respond together, the ayatollahs wouldn’t be able to wipe the s^*t of their skirts fast enough…

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  • May 13, 2019 @ 23:28 at 23:28
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    The Saudis, UAE and Egypt should bomb Iran. US/Israel will be on standby to respond, if Iran or Turkey retaliates. The Iranian regime will either be decimated, or Iran will be nuked. Russia, China, EU and the rest of the world will give speeches.

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    • May 13, 2019 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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      what a stupid posting,
      the jews are desperate and go crazy
      neither us nor Israel dear to attack iran, now you will move this mission to saudi ?
      if the saudi can not even stand against some Houti , jemen ak47 fighter, now they can bomb iran

      Very soon the state of palestine will be installed in Al-kuds

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 0:36 at 0:36
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        Saudis and other Gulf countries are capable of bombing Iran. I hope the bombing is followed by boots on the ground. Marg Bar Khamenei. Iran will be decimated in less than 3 days that it took for 2003 Iraq war.

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        • May 14, 2019 @ 0:57 at 0:57
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          @Mike- The Saudis will use their foreign army (mercenaries) as they don’t really want to get dust on their brand new uniforms..Anyway, “less than 3 days”?? Well that’s very authoritative of you. You must be an expert.

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 0:21 at 0:21
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    Cute. And a nice shot all in all, but they forget that we are really good a sneaky debil stuff. Did they forget about Stuxnet already? The trick for us is to harm the IRG and the core government not the general populace.

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 0:53 at 0:53
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    Playing a game of cornering the Iranians will have global economic ramifications. If the Mullahs feel that they are going to be terminated, they’ll bomb and rocket everything within sight and think that they will “go to heaven”. I hope President Bolton knows when not to push too far.. the Iranian people will back the Mullahs if their country is invaded as they are more patriotic than religious, so that’ll also be counter productive.

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 0:55 at 0:55
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    I’m sorry to report this but for the sake of accuracy your “almost scuttled” vessel “Andre Victoria” is not even scratched and was and still is off Germany at the time.

    The vessel in question in your photo, a small crude oil tanker which you may wish to re name in your editorial is the Andrea Victory and is no way near almost scuttled but simply scuffed.

    This whole operation was a professional and well executed operation with all the hallmarks of a well trained and equiped team of professional operators. YALTAM

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 1:05 at 1:05
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    Cui Bono? Who does it benefit? Given you present no evidence about who did what, I could just as easy say False Flag from US or Israeli or Saudi Special Forces.
    Iran would not give such an easy excuse to attack it. COME ON.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 3:54 at 3:54
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      Obviously it benefits Persia/Iran because they did damage oil shipping, if only in a very minor way. They got to slap the mighty United States. They gained credibility with other US/Israel-hating terrorist states.
      “False Flag” is too simple and naive.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 7:29 at 7:29
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      I strongly recommend you leave your evil ways then you may not receive punishment repent now accept at least 7 Noahide laws and be good to Israel and tell your family to do the same as well and you may save them as well! Remain evil though and you won’t enjoy for much longer. Just remember every evil deed gets punished in this world and every good deed gets rewarded. I suggest you choose good so you may live!

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      • May 14, 2019 @ 19:42 at 19:42
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        It’s clear who’s evil. It’s the countries that started isis and al nusra, then did all kinds of false flags

        the true axis of evil

        saudi arabia, usa, israel

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 1:05 at 1:05
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    Kill TThem All and let the devil sort them out.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:41 at 19:41
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      Man you right wingers are evil.

      you want to kill 80 million people? I mean you israelis are SICK

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 2:36 at 2:36
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    You don’t think President Trump will let this stand, do you? Persia may not have directly attacked the United States but they did attack.
    President Trump will respond in like manner: a “stealth” attack which damages Persia’s credibility without showing his hand.
    Then again, if he can prove it was Persia, he may just send the F-35s to take out a Persian naval base.
    President Trump, as the entire world knows, is not one to be slapped without retaliating.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:40 at 19:40
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      The usa, as the entire world knows, will fall for another false flag

      a country of rubes

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 2:44 at 2:44
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    🕱 🕱 🕱 🕱 🕱
    💀 💀 💀 💀 💀

    Now, minimum 5 ayatollahi and 5 IRCG generals have to die hard in order to pay for the Iran’s crime.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:39 at 19:39
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      You right wingers are truly sick and your false flag will fail. Israel will go down in history as one of the countries that helped al nusra

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 3:09 at 3:09
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    Not much damage if you ask me. And I have years of experience with ships. YEARS. This was no where near schuttling a ship. Not even close.

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 3:11 at 3:11
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    I agree. I think Trump will do something. Although, probably not as much as I would like. Only because he wants to succeed with his peace deal next month. But, he is unpredictable. And that should have Iran scared.. stay tuned I guess

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 6:14 at 6:14
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    the only benefited of hitting Iran is Israel.
    child knows this fact .
    who ever done belong to Musad

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 13:20 at 13:20
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    Highly likely the attack was, indeed, carried out by Iran or one of its proxies. Arguably a clever move but the probability of a very painful retaliation is rather high.

    But understand that this is very worrisome for a lot of countries. You’ll see insurance rates and the cost of oil go up substantially and the hit to some countries will be significant.

    Iran’s mullahs may ultimately be losers but they are not without means to damage others. Terrorism is something they love.

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 15:16 at 15:16
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      How much did oil prices rise?

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:38 at 19:38
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      I can tell you’re a right winger because you fall for false flags and will attack iran after WMDs in iraq and gulf of tonkin

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 14:12 at 14:12
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    Totally predictable. Bolton needed false flag attacks to force Trump’s hand. My guess it was Mossad proxies as Saudi and Emirati intelligence are too lame for that.

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 14:57 at 14:57
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    Combined U.S. and IDF capabilities will be forced to act – and prevail…

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    • May 14, 2019 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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      Your false flag will fail child of abraham and his half sister

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 14:58 at 14:58
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    Combined U.S. and IDF capabilities will be forced to act – and prevail…

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  • May 14, 2019 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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    Debka’s sources are israelis

    this is a false flag. it’s obvious

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  • May 15, 2019 @ 18:59 at 18:59
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    Gulf of Tonkin incident, anyone?

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  • May 15, 2019 @ 19:08 at 19:08
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    It looks like a false flag operation by Mossad/CIA. Israel is pushing US to attack Iran. It is somehow funny to see how Americans are played by Jews and loosing trillions $ and thousands dead US soldiers waging wars on behave of Israel – the purpose is to make a mess from Middle East , so arabs fight one another so they could not pose a threat to Israel. Everything according to Yinon plan….

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  • May 15, 2019 @ 19:11 at 19:11
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    It seems like a provocation by Mossad. Israel is trying to force US to attack Iran. It is somehow funny to see how Americans are played by Jews and loosing trillions $ and thousands dead US soldiers waging wars on behave of Israel – the purpose is to make a mess from Middle East , so Arabs fight one another so they could not pose a threat to Israel. Everything according to Yinon plan….

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  • May 21, 2019 @ 1:42 at 1:42
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    ca marche encore ce genre d’intox bidons qui ne touchent que les convaincus. Debka vous êtes au même niveau que les sites complotistes. bravo les gars. lol
    je vous propose d’aller faire votre guerre seul et d’arrêter vos mises en scènes de pervers narcissique manipulateur bas de gamme.

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