Iranian vessel smuggles oil to Syria in breach of sanctions

The Iranian Suezmax tanker vessel unloaded a million barrels of oil at the Syrian port of Banyas on Friday, according to sources monitoring the sanctions imposed on both countries. Syria’s largest refineries are located at this port-town. The Iranian delivery will ease Syria’s acute fuel crisis, nearly six months after the last Iranian shipment was able to reach the country.

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12 thoughts on “Iranian vessel smuggles oil to Syria in breach of sanctions

  • May 10, 2019 @ 23:07 at 23:07
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    They are very brave making that trip, . . . or foolhardy.

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  • May 11, 2019 @ 4:37 at 4:37
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    Has the U.S. (or anyone) stopped such tankers before?

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    • May 11, 2019 @ 5:48 at 5:48
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      The U.S. recently seized a North Korean Bulk Carrier which was smuggling coal in violation of U.N. sanctions. It was one of the largest vessels in North Korea’s merchant fleet. The IDF and U.S. Navy should patrtol Syria’s coast and sink any vessels violating international sanctions on Syria.

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      • May 11, 2019 @ 12:44 at 12:44
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        Maybe we can think of a better idea than sinking 1,000,000 barrels of oil in the Mediterranean?

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      • May 11, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58
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        It’s not international sanctions in Syria case,it’s us sanctions

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    • May 11, 2019 @ 18:06 at 18:06
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      This isn’t a breach of anything. If the Iranians want to sell or trade oil to Syria, what are we going to do, invade or destabilize the country? We’ve been there and done that.

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  • May 11, 2019 @ 5:46 at 5:46
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    Still wondering why we in the usa are wasting lives and treasure to micromanage every other shoot whole country in the world.

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    • May 11, 2019 @ 7:58 at 7:58
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      Walter, if by “micromanage every other shoot whole country in the world.” you meant Somalia and Congo, I agree. But if its North Korea and Iran, we have to preempt them from getting to a position where they seriously threaten us. They are already threatening us to a certain extent. N. Korea keeps talking about nuking Guam (and they might have the capability) so we don’t want to give them a chance to grow more. Iran keeps talking about attacking U.S. forces and is threatening Gulf oil. Do we want the Saudi, Qatari, Kuweiti, UAE oil to fall into their hands? they already grabbed more oil from Iraq. So placing your head in the sand while enemies who declare war on you become stronger is not a good long term policy.

      If we didn’t wait so long for Germany and Japan to attack us, we would have saved hundreds of thousands of G.I. lives.

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      • May 11, 2019 @ 15:06 at 15:06
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        Renovo, perhaps if Israel stops threatening Iran to destroy it Iran would stop threatening Israel. You must understand that a neutral person cares about peace and not Israel or Iran. Stop waging war. The world wants peace.

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        • May 11, 2019 @ 22:31 at 22:31
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          It’s the other way around there!!, Iran’s constantly calling for the destruction of isreal and now isreal is surrounded by Iran’s proxies,

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  • May 11, 2019 @ 12:00 at 12:00
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    A recent flotability study on the Iranian oil tankers show that with only one large hole in the bottom these start to navigate more like submarines, at least for a while.

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  • May 11, 2019 @ 18:45 at 18:45
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    Fk the Israelis let them manage their shot on their own. Iran is not a threat to US…

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