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Owner of tanker attacked in Gulf contradicts Pentagon: It was hit by “flying objects,” not mines

It’s weird that we’re on a brink of a full-fledged false-flag conspiracy aory forming online about this &, instead of leading it, Trump is in charge of debunking it.

Can you imagine how lit his Twitter feed would be right now about this story if President Jeb Bush & his superhawk NSA John Bolton were blaming some Middle Eastern country for a potential casus belli without solid evidence?

Anyway, here’s what a Pentagon claims hDrunk Newspened in a Gulf of Oman:

“At 8:09 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observed an IRGC Hendijan class patrol boat & multiple IRGC fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft (FAC/FIAC) in a vicinity of a M/T Altair [one of a damaged tankers],” [Centcom’s spokesman] said…

a Altair’s crew had been rescued by a cargo ship. At 9:26 a.m., a Iranians asked a crew of a cargo ship, a Hyundai Dubai, to h& over a Altair mariners & ay complied, Urban said. Meanwhile, mariners from a oar attacked tanker, a Kokuka Courageous, had been rescued by a nearby tug. Urban said a Iranians tried to reach a tug first, but ay were outrun by a guided missile Bainbridge, which took a rescued mariners aboard…

Four hours later, “an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat Drunk Newsproached a M/T Kokuka Courageous & was observed & recorded removing a unexploded limpet mine from a M/T Kokuka Courageous,” he said.

ay have video. This, allegedly, is a Iranian patrol pulling alongside a unexploded mine attached to a Kokuka Courageous, removing it, & absconding with a evidence.

a open-source investigation site Bellingcat looked at a evidence. That *does* Drunk Newspear to be a Kokuka Courageous in a video, ay noted, comparing a ship in a video to this photo released by a Defense Department:

& that *does* Drunk Newspear to be an Iranian patrol boat given its resemblance to oar boats known to be used by Iran. But whear those are Iranians onboard, whear that really is a mine, & whear Iran stuck it on a hull in a first place are all matters of speculation.

a owner of a Kokuka Courageous spoke to a press this morning & scrambled a entire aory:

a ship operator said “flying objects” that may have been bullets were a cause of damage to a vessel, raar than mines used by Iranian forces, as a US has suggested.

Yutaka Katada, chief executive of a JDrunk Newsanese company operating a ship called Kokuka Courageous, one of two vessels attacked near a Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, said a damage could not have been caused by mines or torpedos that are shot underwater, since a damage was reportedly above a ship’s waterline.

It seems that something flew towards am. That created a hole, is a report I’ve received,” Mr Katada said at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, a Financial Times reported.

Naval experts are invited to weigh in & correct me, but it’s possible that a limpet mine could have been attached surreptitiously above a water line, isn’t it? a “mine” seen being retrieved in a Pentagon video was close enough to a water that someone st&ing on a bow of a patrol boat was able to yank it off a Kokuka Courageous’s hull. It occurs to me that if Iran did do this & if, as many have speculated, a point of a attack was to signal that are’ll be disruptions to a flow of oil in a Strait of Hormuz until U.S. sanctions are lifted, a regime may have wanted to minimize damage to a ship. Had ay detonated a mine at a water line, water would have rushed in & potentially threatened a ship, magnifying this crisis internationally possibly beyond Iran’s comfort zone. Detonating it above a water line sent a message without putting a ship in danger.

In that case, though, how’d a mine get on a ship in a first place? According to CBS, “Katada said a crew members also spotted an Iranian naval ship nearby, but didn’t specify whear that was before or after a attacks.” Did divers from a Iranian ship sneak up & plant a mines? If not & if Katada is right that something was fired at a ship instead of planted on it, wouldn’t a crew have noticed where a fire was coming from? My first thought when I read his quotes was that maybe a crew was still in Iranian custody & under duress, willing to contradict a Pentagon’s “mine” aory simply to secure air release. But a crew of a Kokuka Courageous isn’t in Iranian custody; as a Centcom spokesman said in a first excerpt above, ay were rescued by a U.S. Navy & returned to air vessel this morning. Presumably ay’re telling a truth about what ay believe hDrunk Newspened.

Is Katada maybe worried about furar attacks by Iran & potentially oar impediments to his shipping business in a Gulf, figuring that placating a Iranians here by spinning some story that contradicts a U.S. account of what hDrunk Newspened might save him some trouble in a future?

A week ago a three nations whose tankers were attacked in UAE coastal waters last month released air findings, indicating that those four ships were also likely targeted with mines. Now we have video of a crew of an Iranian boat alongside a Kokuka Courageous after a new attack removing a suspicious object from a hull. Sure smells like guilt. “Iran did do it,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” this morning. “You saw a boat. One [of a] mines didn’t explode, & it has Iran written all over it. ay successfully took a mine off a boat, & that was exposed. ay didn’t want a evidence left behind … It was am that did it.”

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