Marines, B52 Bombers, Carrier Combat Groups... As the United States dispatches military forces to the Middle East, the situation in Iran becomes more and more tense.
However, the U.S. government, which has already taken the lead in its actions, argues that the Iranian army will threaten the interests of the United States and its allies.
According to Reuters on May 10, the U.S. Maritime Administration (Marad) has warned U.S. merchant ships, including oil tankers, that they may be blocked by Iranian forces as they cross key shipping routes in the Middle East. The United States said that Irans possible attack would be a blow to its and alliesinterests.
Meanwhile, according to the Russian Satellite Network report on May 9, the US Navy carrier Abraham Lincoln has arrived in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea where the Fifth Fleet is located. The U.S. Maritime Administration said it encouraged ships flying the U.S. flag to seek help from the Fifth Fleet two days before crossing the Strait of Hormuz in order to gain protection.
Abraham Lincoln from ICPhoto
In the statement, the U.S. Maritime Administration said that since early May, Iran and its regional agents in the region have taken action against the interests of the United States and its allies the possibility is increasing. This includes Irans attack on the oil production facilities of its allies in the United States after blockade of key areas in the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran and its agents may target commercial vessels and US warships in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Mand, the US Maritime Administration said. According to the report, Iran is highly likely to launch a military attack on American troops and interests.
However, although the United States claimed that Iran threatened to blockade the Strait of Hormuz and attack U.S. oil tankers and warships, it was the powerful U.S. army that really launched the operation.
According to Bloomberg on May 9, Irans oil exports have fallen sharply since the end of the U.S. exemption from sanctions against Iranian oil buyers. According to tracking data compiled by Bloomberg, no tanker has left Iranian docks for foreign ports so far.
According to Iranian media Radio Farda, US warships seized several Iranian oil tankers on the route to the Indian Ocean on May 7.
Iranian media say several oil tankers have been seized by US forces from ICPhoto
At present, the focus of the two sides in the region is still around the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait of Hormuz, one of the busiest waterways in the world, passes 20 million barrels of crude oil a day, which is the lifeline of world oil and Iran. At present, it is still under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran, and all ships passing through the Strait have to contact with them.
As the only access to the Persian Gulf and the outside world, the narrow Strait of Hormuz occupies a very important position.
At present, with the deployment of carrier battle groups and bomber fleets, the U.S. military has the possibility to use force at any time. According to Reuters on May 10, US Navy Lieutenant General Jim Malloy of the Fifth Fleet said: Although the US military does not seek war with Iran, we are on high alert for action at any time.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said the war between Iran and the United States was not inevitable, but he did not rule out the danger of military conflict between the United States and Iran along the Strait of Hormuz.
Earlier, U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton had claimed that Iran would pose a threat to U.S. forces in the Middle East, and Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Tackett Ravanchi, subsequently responded that this was false intelligence, as he did before the invasion of Iraq under George W. Bush.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Li Xi_NN2587