US military releases evidence Iran was behind Gulf tanker attack


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US military releases evidence Iran was behind Gulf tanker attack
An investigation led by the US Central Command has concluded that Iran was responsible for the attack on the Mercer Street which left two crew members dead; British and Israeli experts concur.
AUGUST 7, 2021

Components of Iranian suicide drones were found aboard the Mercer Street tanker that was bombed off the coast of Oman, US Central Command (CENTCOM) revealed on Saturday, following an investigation. Last week’s suicide drone attack on the Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned ship, managed by Israeli-owned company Zodiac Maritime, took the lives of its Romanian captain and a British security guard. Israel, the US, UK and Romania said within days that Iran was behind the attack.

CENTCOM’s report pointed to “the confluence of multiple components with very specific and matching identities to previously exploited (and known) Iranian one-way attack UAVS. “The use of Iranian designed and produced one-way attack ‘kamikaze’ UAVs is a growing trend in the region. They are actively used by Iran and their proxies against coalition forces in the region, to include targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq,” the report states. CENTCOM provided photographs of Iranian drones, along with pieces of UAV debris found on the Mercer Street, such as a piece of the wing and internal components, that were nearly identical to the previously collected samples.