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Security firms say suspicious object on oil tanker off Iraq


DUBAI, #United #Arab #Emirates — #Maritime security firms say a suspicious object has been found on the hull of an oil tanker in the #Persian #Gulf off the coast of #Iraq.

The firms say officials fear it could be a limpet mine on the MT #Pola, though the #Liberian-flagged tanker was receiving assistance #Thursday in the #Persian #Gulf off #Basra.

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The two firms, #Ambrey #Intelligence and #Dryad #Global, say investigations are ongoing.

The #United #Kingdom #Marine #Trade #Operations, an organization under #Britain’s royal navy, says it is “aware of an ongoing situation” there, without elaborating.

The U.S. #Navy’s 5th #Fleet, which patrols the #Mideast, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The incident comes amid heightened tensions between #Iran and the U.S. #In 2019, the U.S. blamed #Iran for a series of limpet mine attacks on oil tankers near the #Strait of #Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the #Persian #Gulf through which 20% of all the world’s oil passes. #Iran denies being involved.



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