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BREAKING NOW: Iranian Forces Seize Second British Ship in Straits of Hormuz

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.19.19

Iran reportedly seized two British-operated oil-tankers in the Straits of Hormuz Friday; escalating tensions between the US and the UK after President Trump confirmed the military shot-down an Iranian drone operating in the region.

“Iran seized two British-operated oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, marking a fresh escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West,” reports Fox News.

“Approximately an hour later, a Liberian-flagged tanker operated by a British company was also seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and was seen on maritime tracking services making a turn toward Iran,” adds Fox.

“I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz,” UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement on Friday.

“Our Ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners,” Hunt said. “These seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING: Iran Says They Have ‘Seized British Oil Tanker’ in the Straits of Hormuz

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.19.19

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed Friday to have seized a British-based oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz; escalating tensions with the US and UK just one day after the American military destroyed an Iranian drone operating in the region.

“The UK ministry of defence said it was urgently looking into what had happened to the Stena Impero, a 30,000 tonne British-flagged ship, which was heading for Saudi Arabia when it abruptly left the international sea lanes through the strait of Hormuz and tracking data showed it heading north towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, where the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has a substantial base,” reports the Guardian.

“The Revolutionary Guards issued a statement saying they had seized the Stena Impero, citing international maritime law for their action,” adds the newspaper. “The British government said it was ‘assessing the situation following reports of an incident in the Gulf.’”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Original Story: July 18, 2019

President Trump confirmed Thursday that the US military shot-down an Iranian un-manned drone operating over the Straits of Hormuz; saying the Islamic Republic takes “hostile actions” on a routine basis.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”

Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed the aircraft after it flew within 1,000 yards, “ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”

“The incident marked the latest escalation of tensions between the two sides. Iran last month shot down a U.S. surveillance drone that it claimed was flying over Iranian airspace, which nearly prompted a retaliatory strike,” reports the Hill.

BREAKING: President Trump Says US Shot Down Iranian Drone Over Straits of Hormuz

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.18.19

President Trump confirmed Thursday that the US military shot-down an Iranian un-manned drone operating over the Straits of Hormuz; saying the Islamic Republic takes “hostile actions” on a routine basis.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”


Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed the aircraft after it flew within 1,000 yards, “ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”

“The incident marked the latest escalation of tensions between the two sides. Iran last month shot down a U.S. surveillance drone that it claimed was flying over Iranian airspace, which nearly prompted a retaliatory strike,” reports the Hill.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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