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Iran captures a tanker loaded with smuggled Iranian crude in the Persian Gulf

Iran captures a tanker loaded with smuggled Iranian crude in the Persian Gulf

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy has seized a foreign-flagged tanker in the waters of the Persian Gulf that was carrying more than a million liters of contraband Iranian oil.

The commander of the Second Naval Zone of the Revolutionary Guard, General Ramezan Zirahi, has explained that the ship ‘NADA 2’ was intercepted on June 6 in Iranian territorial waters, reports the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

Zirahi stressed that the ship was receiving military support from US forces, but naval surveillance and “professional” and “powerful” intervention have allowed the ship to be captured.

The Iranian troops detected that the captain of the ship during the operation asked the US forces to agree to their help to escape, Zirahi said.

According to this version, the Americans asked the captain of the tanker to stop the machines and wait for the arrival of US forces.

Two A-10 fighter jets, a P-8A reconnaissance plane, two Hawk-C helicopters and an MQ-9 drone were sent as advance guard for the ships that would prevent the capture, but Iranian forces warned the US vehicles and managed to bring the tanker to the port of Bushehr.

Iran already denounced an act of American “piracy” in October 2021, when members of the special forces of the Revolutionary Guards seized an oil tanker that was transferring Iranian oil smuggled to another ship in the sea of ​​Oman. The ship was brought into Iranian territorial waters.

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