Alwaght- The naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have managed to foiled an attempt by the US forces to take over a giant oil tanker in the strategic Sea of Oman and moved the vessel to Iranian territorial waters.
The US military seized the oil tanker loaded with crude in the Sea of Oman, between the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, and intended to unload its shipment to another tanker and direct it to an unknown destination.
Upon understanding the plot, members of the IRGC’s Navy carried out a heliborne operation on the stolen ship’s deck, gained control of the vessel, and directed it back toward Iran’s territorial waters, sources familiar with the reaction told Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN)
The Americans reportedly scrambled several helicopters and warships to take over the ship, only to find themselves actionless in the face of the Iranian forces.
The tanker is currently in the Iranian waters and guarded by the IRGC Navy, further reported the IRINN.
Over the past three years, tensions have been mounting between Washington and Tehran, mainly showing themselves in incidents between the IRGC and American naval forces.
Iran more than once said that it is zero-tolerant when it comes to the US violation of its interests in the sea. The IRGC regularly posts videos of its surveillance drones flying over the American warships and aircraft carriers and even helicopters in show of dominance of the situation in the Persian Gulf and other regional waters.
In June 2019, Iran shot down US Global Hawk, a state-of-the-art large-scale drone that violated the Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf waters in show of determination in the face of the US hostile actions.