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The ship AIS went dark 14hrs ago, just 52mn from the Syrian Oil Terminal, an Iranian Promise is worth exactly nothing.

 

https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9116412&fbclid=IwAR0YceHSzBfEDjAh4wxgCuhEk12QQbB5_3UmemybGMR64cnY7SG6IJhtDJA

 

Can I do my shocked face now? No one will learn a thing from this incident. It'll be business as usual with the Iranian regime because everyone expects them to do this and no one wants to make the difficult call on the alternative.

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Latest update as to what Japan is thinking of doing which is send a destroyer to the waters around the Strait of Hormuz for information gathering thus in principle, not doing any kind of escort. Would be separate from the US-led coalition but any information gathered would be shared with the US. Abe to try to meet Rouhani at UN assembly later in the month.

 

In the case of having to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to ensure safety in waters off Iran including the Strait of Hormuz, the government is considering sending a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer separately from a U.S.-proposed maritime security initiative, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

 

Such a mission would be to collect information in the area based on a provision regarding survey and research activities under the Defense Ministry Establishment Law. The government is expected to make a final decision on the dispatch after the U.N. General Assembly meeting to be held in New York later this month.

 

According to several sources, the government’s current plan is to perform the mission in areas around the Strait of Hormuz, in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen, and elsewhere. If Iran gives its consent, the Japanese government plans to expand the scope of its mission to the Strait of Hormuz itself. Since the mission is mainly to gather information for marine monitoring, an MSDF destroyer will not, in principle, escort Japan-related ships. Japan plans to share such information as navigation conditions or existence of any suspicious ships with the U.S. military and other entities involved.

 

The MSDF currently has dispatched one destroyer and two P-3C patrol planes for activities to crack down on pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia. The destroyer in the gulf is replaced every several months, so the government is considering having the next destroyer from Japan stop by the Middle East for the independent mission around the Hormuz.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Japan and other countries to join the U.S. initiative to ensure the safety of the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, and has insisted that each country must protect its own ships.

 

In response, the Japanese government began discussions in early July on the possibility of dispatching a destroyer that can escort Japan-related ships based on a provision on maritime surveillance under the Self-Defense Forces Law. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed that Japan aims to ease tensions surrounding Iran through diplomatic efforts. If Japan participated in the U.S. initiative, Japan’s relationship with Iran would turn bad. Based on this assumption, the Japanese government brought up an idea in early August to dispatch an MSDF destroyer on its own with the purpose of information gathering.

 

Since Trump did not ask Japan to participate in the initiative during a Japan-U.S. summit meeting held in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, Japan has concluded that the United States would accept Japan’s plan to collect information by sending its vessel independently.

 

Japan-related ships are now sailing through the Strait of Hormuz without escort and the Japanese government deems that the situation in the waterways is not extremely dangerous. In the event that a Japan-related vessel is likely to be attacked, the destroyer dispatched to the area will take all possible measures, including the use of arms within the bounds of self-defense and emergency evacuation.

 

Abe is seeking a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Tokyo will convey Japan’s stance to Tehran to gauge Iran’s response, then take into account the situation in the Strait of Hormuz and U.S.-Iran relations, before making a final decision on whether to send the destroyer to the waterways independently.

https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005980622

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The way events are unfolding, Tehran is going to trip over its own inability to navigate the political waters ahead of it without help from anyone. The lack of a moderating faction in its ruling circle is going to be its undoing.

 

The same rings true for any leadership circle.

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Sinkex, but nobody would dare.

About a dozen limpet mines, all sprayed with Hebrew markings. Bish Bash Bosh.

It's not a long trip from Cyprus to the Syrian coast. A fistful of Paveways... Is it too much to ask for?
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Sinkex, but nobody would dare.

About a dozen limpet mines, all sprayed with Hebrew markings. Bish Bash Bosh.

It's not a long trip from Cyprus to the Syrian coast. A fistful of Paveways... Is it too much to ask for?

 

Militarily, child's play. Politically, yes.

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Technically she was in compliance till she is not. The ship is now a liability, can't go into most ports, she change her name and owners a few time then get caught, arrested and sent to the scrappers.

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Sinkex, but nobody would dare.

About a dozen limpet mines, all sprayed with Hebrew markings. Bish Bash Bosh.

It's not a long trip from Cyprus to the Syrian coast. A fistful of Paveways... Is it too much to ask for?

 

 

 

Just jam her GPS and watch her crash into Tripoli. Nuthin' to do with us Guvnor....

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That is a very long ranged attack made by people who knew the precise aim points to disable a vast facility. At a minimum Iran provided the drones. It seems likely they also provided the targeting expertise as well, or simply Quds launched their own strike from Yemen to shift blame.

 

Is there any word on what type of drone was used? Ive heard nothing other than the fact ten were involved.

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Its looks like precision munitions were used in this attack. That is, it wasn't just suicidal drones crashing into things; it looks like very consistant dead center holes were made in specific storage and cracking facilities. According to administration statements, it looks like as many as 17 separate impacts occurred. Pictures released:

https://iran.liveuamap.com/en/2019/15-september-trump-administration-have-declassified-photos

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