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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:00 PM

Saudi Arabia Says Iranian Guards in Custody After Boat Seized

Source: Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia said its navy captured three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard aboard a small boat laden with explosives as it headed toward an oil platform in the Gulf.

The boat was intercepted in Saudi waters on Friday, the kingdom’s Center for International Communications said in a statement. Two other vessels escaped and the Guards are being questioned by authorities, it said. “It is clear this was intended to be a terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters designed to cause severe damage to people and property,” the statement cited an unnamed Saudi official as saying Monday. Their destination was the Marjan oil field, it said.

Majid Aghababaei, in charge of border affairs at Iran’s interior ministry, rejected the Saudi claims of military involvement, telling reporters that the vessels were fishing boats and one fisherman died in the incident.

“The individuals who came face to face with the Saudi forces are simple fishermen and their boat is a fishing boat,” Aghababaei was quoted by Iran’s Young Journalists Club as saying.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:18 PM

1. Nope, sorry, doesn't pass the smell test. BS from SA, Iran isn't stupid.

Iran is not about to start a ruckus in the Persian Gulf where its oil needs to flow.

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:21 PM

3. Frankly, I don't trust either party

Could be Iran being Iran, or SA being SA. Both governments are assholes.

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:28 PM

7. Iran didn't shepherd the 9/11 hijackers and pay their bills

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Response to yurbud (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:32 PM

8. That doesn't make Iran innocents

Like I said, both governments are assholes and neither is to be trusted.

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:54 PM

10. no but Iran gets demonized by our pols a lot and they give Saudi a pass, so someone has to say it

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:27 PM

4. the Guards are independent mostly

They wield tremendous power these days in Iran, both politically and economically.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1253403

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:18 PM

2. if this is true the irgc have lost their minds.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:47 PM

5. Yeah, fishermen fishing with "DuPont Spinners". nt

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:18 PM

6. Fishing the old fashioned way; with explosives! nt

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 07:51 PM

9. trust news from the saudis even less than news from trump

and not a fan of iran either

the house of saud does seem to be flexing its muscles a bit after the trump visit.

think we are just beginning to see the incompetence of anything trump

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