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Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

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Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran.Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his military's "major operational effort". Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011, to try to prevent Iran gaining a foothold.An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes on Saturday targeted Iran's Quds force in Aqraba, south-east of the capital, Damascus.A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy...
Iranian oil tankers unloading in Chinese ports despite U.S. sanctions

Iranian oil tankers unloading in Chinese ports despite U.S. sanctions

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Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iranian tankers continue to unload crude oil in Chinese ports in defiance of U.S. sanctions, a move that could disrupt world oil markets. China imported 12 million to 14 million barrels from January to May but the oil is kept in bonded storage, meaning the oil hasn't gone through Chinese customs. The oil isn't being used so it's not violating U.S. sanctions, which prohibit Tehran from exporting crude. "If China were to aggressively purchase Iranian crude oil and/or draw down on these stored volumes, oil prices would likely fall by $ 5 to $ 7 per barrel," Again Capital founding partner John Kilduff. "It would be a meaningful outlet for Iranian supplies that have been severely crimped by the sanctions." The Trump administration wants to use those sanctions to choke the lead...
Iranian state media releases footage of oil tanker seizure

Iranian state media releases footage of oil tanker seizure

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter Footage showing the moment Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has been released - with the UK describing the incident as a "hostile act".The video, released by Iranian state media, shows armed troops wearing ski masks sitting in a helicopter as it hovers above the Stena Impero. Several of them are then seen rappelling onto the ship's deck as speedboats surround the oil tanker. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the Stena Impero, which was not carrying cargo, had been in Omani waters when it was stopped by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Friday afternoon. Image: Footage released by Iran shows armed troops rappelling onto...
US warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

US warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

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President Donald Trump has said a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it ignored warnings to back off.He said the USS Boxer took "defensive action" after the drone ignored repeated warnings and came within 1,000 yards of the ship. The president called it a "provocative and hostile" action by Iran.The "fixed-wing unmanned aerial system... closed within a threatening range" at 10am local time on Thursday, according to a Pentagon statement."The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," it added. Advertisement However, Iran's foreign minister told reporters at the United Nations "we have no information about losing a drone today".I...
Trump ‘orders cyber attack’ on Iranian military computers

Trump ‘orders cyber attack’ on Iranian military computers

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By Lucia Binding, news reporter The US launched a cyber strike against Iranian military computer systems earlier this week as Donald Trump pulled out of airstrikes, officials have reportedly confirmed.The attacks were conducted with approval from the president on Thursday in response to Iran's downing of an American surveillance drone, two US officials told The Associated Press. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike and all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk publicly about the operation. Image: Iran's military has released video which it claims shows a US surveillance drone being shot down by Iranian forces The cyber attacks - plann...