US Axis of Aggression in Gulf By Finian Cunningham

16 August 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

When Washington announced a few weeks ago the formation of a maritime “international coalition” to “protect shipping” in the Persian Gulf, many observers were skeptical. Now skepticism has rightly turned to alarm, as the proposed US-led “coalition” transpires to comprise a grand total of just three nations: the US, Britain and Israel.

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Who Are the Arsonists of the Petrol Tankers in the Gulf? By Manlio Dinucci

19 June 2019 — Global Research

While the United States prepares a new escalation of tension in the Middle East by accusing Iran of attacking petrol tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Italian vice-Prime Minister Matteo Salvini met with one of the artisans of this strategy in Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, assuring him that “Italy wants to regain its place as the major partner on the European continent of the greatest Western democracy”. Thereby he has allied Italy with the operation launched by Washington. 

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Iranian comment on foreign military forces in the Gulf by Majid Takht Ravanchi

18 June 2019 — Voltaire Network

JPEG - 38.8 kbI am writing to you with regard to the recent alarming security situation in the broader Persian Gulf region. There are indications that certain circles from outside of this region – through fabrications, disinformation, fake intelligence and fake news, relying on the support of their allies in the Middle East as well as dispatching naval forces to the region – are pursuing their illegitimate interests by sowing further division and creating more mistrust between regional countries in the Persian Gulf, as well as fomenting insecurity and escalating the already high tension in this volatile region. If unchecked, the current situation might – sooner or later – go beyond the perimeter of control and thereby lead to another unnecessary regional crisis.

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UK: Tory government positions itself as most loyal US ally against Iran By Chris Marsden

18 June 2019 — WSWS

Britain intends to send special forces to the Gulf of Oman. Their stated mission is to protect UK warships amid rising tensions between the US and Iran. But politically their role will be to help consolidate the Conservative government’s position as the premier ally of the Trump administration, which is considered essential amid the escalating crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.

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The Broader View Reveals the Ugliest of Prospects By Craig Murray

17 June 2019 — Craig Murray

Standing back a little and surveying the events of the last couple of weeks, gives a bleak view of the current state of western democracy.

We have seen what appears to be the most unconvincing of false flags in the Gulf. I pointed out why it was improbable Iran would attack these particular ships. Since then we have had American military sources pointing to video evidence of a packed small Iranian boat allegedly removing a limpet mine from the ship the Iranians helped to rescue, which was somehow supposed to prove it was the Iranians who planted the alleged device. We also have had the Japanese owner specifically contradict the American account and say that the ship was hit by flying objects.

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Gulf of Oman recalls Gulf of Tonkin lies

17 June 2019 — InfoRos

Attacks, lies, and videotape

Steven Sahiounie, Middle East observer

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.  Online videos uploaded to the internet and shown around the world via news media, as well as social media, are telling a visual story, but missing the context and explanations which could only come in the form of words.

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US govt narrative blaming Iran for oil tanker attacks falls apart in hours By Ben Norton

17 June 2019 — Greyzone

The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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Iran Newslinks 16 June 2019

16 June 2019 • 18:35 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

Attempts to drag IAEA into the dispute about Iran nuclear deal are harmful – Russian SC
https://tass.com/politics/1064050

US, Israel and Saudis Pushing for War on Iran?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-israel-saudis-pushing-war-iran/5680750

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How Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” Campaign Against Iran Now Works Against Him

16 June 2019 — Moon of Alabama

There is no evidence that Iran was behind Friday’s attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

There are many parties in the Middle East and in the United States who are interested in goading the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran. Most of these parties have the capability to launch clandestine attacks on civilian vessels. That the U.S. government would blame Iran for any such attack is obvious. But even Israeli analysts doubt that Iran is responsible for the recent incidents. The German government doubts that video the U.S. presented shows anything of significance. Others point at the suspicious timing of the incident.

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