Inching Toward Conflict: US Navy To Escort Cargo Ships In Persian Gulf; Iran Refuses To Back Down

Tyler Durden's picture

Stocks took a nasty fall on Tuesday when Al Arabiya erroneously reported that Iran had captured a cargo ship with a crew of Americans on board. It also sent oil surging. Things promptly normalized when it was revealed that the "confiscated" ship was merely one with a Marshall Island flag, at which point its fate was quickly forgotten (it may still be held by Iran, or not). But one thing is certain: both Iran and the US are itching for a provocation, whether a direct one or the far more traditional false flag type.

Earlier today, Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that presence of the 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy in the Gulf of Aden is in accordance with international law to protect Iranian trade vessels against pirates.

Quoted by Iran's IRNA news agency, Sayyari, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark the National Teacher's Day, said that the Iranian Navy has maintained a continuous presence in the Gulf of Aden, Bab el-Mandeb Strait and western India since 2008 Sayyari

He added that claims that Iranian warships have been warned and that they have left this region are not correct.

The Navy commander reiterated that the Iranian fleet does not enter territorial waters of other countries and is only present in international waters to ensure security for Iranian trade vessels.

Sayyari said that the 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy has also helped other countries in protecting their ships against pirates.

A laughable excuse of course, but no less laughable than the one provided by the US navy offered ten days ago when we learned that a US Navi aircraft carrier and a warship are being dispatched to intercept Iranian weapons shipment to Yemeni rebels.

And, as expected, moments ago there was yet another step up in the Persian Gulf naval escalation when CNN reported that the U.S. Navy will escort U.S.-flagged cargo ships through Strait of Hormuz in wake of Iran seizure this week, a US official says. Specifically, the Navy will henceforth accompany ships on concern that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard may seize them, CNN’s Jim Sciutto says in Twitter post, citing CNN’s Barbara Starr.

As a reminder the Straits of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, one which is transited by 35% of all seaborne traded oil.

This takes place just a day after the Pentagon said that the U.S. would "be able to respond" if necessary to help a Marshall Islands-flagged ship that was diverted, and boarded, a day earlier by Iran -- though it remains unclear how far the U.S. Navy might be willing to go if the tense situation escalates. 

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Farragut, is in the area and "keeping an eye on things," and in close enough proximity to the ship that they "will be able to respond if a response is required."

When pressed on what kind of incident aboard the ship would elicit a U.S. Navy response, he was vague, saying: "These [U.S. military] assets give commanders options." He said he didn't know "what the possibilities are," and the U.S. government is "in discussions with the Marshall Islands on the way ahead."

It is unclear what happens if either the accompanied cargo ship, or the US Navy warship leaves international waters, and enters Iran territory, which as the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is virtually assured: a strait which as the US Naval update map below shows has become as busy for US traffic as the 405 Freeway during rush hour.

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czarangelus's picture

We will not under any circumstances allow Iran to interfere with our arming of the Islamic State and Al Qeada!

The Juggernaut's picture

What if a US escort purposely escorts a US flagged cargo ship into Iranian waters and the Iranians defend themselves and no one is there for the truth. Does it still make a false flag sound?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Wake me when the US straps grandma's to the hulls of their cruisers.

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) ParkAveFlasher Apr 30, 2015 3:43 PM

war is just a policy tool............keep ur eye on the ''moneychangers''...........

Publicus's picture

The US taxpayer gets to pay for it instead of the delinquent cargo companies who failed to pay their paste due bill to Iran.

Manthong's picture

“busy for US traffic as the 405 Freeway during rush hour.”

 

No problema ..as long as it is not as busy as a Buffet Burlington oil tanker trunk line.

 

BraveSirRobin's picture

I must confess I have no idea why the US Navy feels they need to escort US flagged vessels. There is something missing in this story. The Tigris has a lein placed on it by an Iranian court. Therefore, when it entered Iranian territorial water, the Iranians siezed it to force the owners to post a bond for the value of the lein. Once that bond is paid, I expect then Tigris will be allowed to leave Iran, and the matter of dispositon of thbond wil go to an international admiralty court. I don't see the threat to US flagged or anyone else's vessels in this.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Why are there so many Iranian apologists on this board?  Did you know they sponsor terror around the world?

Proofreder's picture

Not only that, but I believe there may be one under my bed !

Better you check too.

weburke's picture

spaking at the un a few days ago, rabbi cahn says truth.            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzQjFqR4Zzs

Keyser's picture

Does anyone really believe that Oblamo would give the order to open fire on an Iranian vessel?   He's got his head stuck so far up the Ayatollahs arse he could probably pick mushrooms... 

TheReplacement's picture

You mean like Al Qaida and ISIS?  Why aren't our buddies from Saudi Arabia bombing Al Qaida in Yemen instead of the Houthis? 

What is that?

Mumble, mumble.

Ooooh... Al CIAda.

The US has directly bombed and invaded how many countries in the last 15 years?  Now add in the covert stuff.  Contrast that with Iran and all their terrorists.  Iran isn't THE problem.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Reuters) - Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.

The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

+++++++++++++++++++

I wonder what they could be up to, just a peaceful nuclear program I guess.

Proofreder's picture

 ... blacklisted network, according to a leaked report shown to Reuters.

Shuuuuuur - just how blatent can the propoganda get ??

War's coming - are you prepared ?????

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

The Iranians can prevent war by being transparent?  If I was about to get my ass bombed off the face of the earth for a crime I was not commiting I would open up my nuclear facilities for immediate inspection.  Why do they continue to hide?  Are they willing to have the destruction of their country due to pride?  If they were really above board and peaceful, they would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency which was established for the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear technology, to enter and view all nuclear sites?

 

Otherwise, if they say no inspectors, then I guess they would not be the first fools in history to suffer for their folly.

Seek_Truth's picture

Ever heard of STUXNET?

Who do you think planted that in Iran's Reactors?

One of the "inspectors" from the IAEA- that's who.

With those kind of "friends", who needs enemies?

And why do you state they're "about to get their ass bombed off the face of the earth"?

You need a new crystal ball, Cliff- the one you have is broken.

TheReplacement's picture

Supposedly that isn't true.  The CIA found out that Iranian scientists bought USB thumbdrives from a particular supplier in Germany so the spooks implanted the virus on the drives before they were shipped to Iran.  You know, similar to how the NSA implants a chip in USB connectors in US made servers before they are delivered to certain customers.  Dell and HP, btw. 

Stuxnet became public knowledge when it escaped the nuclear facilities as the drives were subsequently plugged into computers that were connected to the internet outside the secured and isolated nuclear facilities. Something like 100k devices were impacted globally.

At least that is what I've found.  And no, it was not a Reuters story IIRC. 

Paveway IV's picture

"...Stocks took a nasty fall on Tuesday when Al Arabiya erroneously reported that Iran had captured a cargo ship with a crew of Americans on board..."

The crew nationality is irrelevant. It was a commercial matter - the shipping company owed money to some Iranian port and hadn't paid. The Iranians seized the ship until the port was paid. Same thing would have happened in the U.S. or anywhere else.

"...But one thing is certain: both Iran and the US are itching for a provocation, whether a direct one or the far more traditional false flag type..."

Both? When did the NYT and Times of Israel start running ZH? Iran has every incentive to avoid provoking anyone. This was not a military matter or a 'provocation' - it was a civil matter of unpaid bills. The U.S. MSM, on the other hand, apparently has gone full-retard to paint this as Iranian aggression requiring a U.S. military response. 

"...A laughable excuse of course, but no less laughable than the one provided by the US navy offered ten days ago when we learned that a US Navi aircraft carrier and a warship are being dispatched to intercept Iranian weapons shipment to Yemeni rebels..."

OK, first of all there was NEVER an Iranian fleet of cargo ships EVER going to Yemen to deliver any imaginary 'arms shipment' - THAT was an earlier lie. It was the 34th fleet of a couple of Iranian Navy ships relieving the 33rd fleet. There was NEVER a separate 'fleet' of any kind of cargo ships 'dispatched' anywhere. The only Irainian presence was their Navy's replacement 'fleet'. Why are you repeating this as if it had any merit, Tyler?? The Iranian 'fleet' of two ships has never entered Yemeni waters (since 2008) or made a port call there. There was zero chance that the 'fleet' had an imaginary arms shipment or that it would have docked to unload any such shipment. This was all a fabrication of Weatern MSM, embellished as it was repeated through chains of other Western MSM. It had all the likelyhood of the carrier USS Roosevelt being loaded with Yemeni loyalist weapons and dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to unload them. It's preposterous. Seems like the imaginary 'Iranian-backed Houthi revolt' is lacking even a shred of actual Iranian backing, so the MSM is providing that 'fact' to cement their false narrative.

"...And, as expected, moments ago there was yet another step up in the Persian Gulf naval escalation when CNN reported that the U.S. Navy will escort U.S.-flagged cargo ships through Strait of Hormuz in wake of Iran seizure this week, a US official says..."

You know, I really don't give a rat's ass about what happens there. It's MSM planting the fake narrative that just REALLY pisses me off because people are dumb enough to believe it. What f'king NAVAL ESCALATION was there to step up - unpaid port fees? Release the cruise missiles! "...CNN reported...": it pains me just to hear that. So what's the big 'report'? The U.S. Navy will escort U.S.-flagged cargo ships - IS THERE EVEN SUCH A THING? What f'king idiot shipper would flag their ship under U.S. rules? The only U.S. flagged ships around there are U.S. Navy ships. There is NO reason for the U.S. Navy to escort ANY ship through the Hormuz Straits unless they're protecting them from Iranian bill collectors. For FUCKS SAKE, quit wasting my money on imaginary threats!

"...Specifically, the Navy will henceforth accompany ships on concern that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard may seize them, CNN’s Jim Sciutto says in Twitter post, citing CNN’s Barbara Starr..."

(CNN is apparently its own best source!) So now my tax dollars are going to protect deadbeat shipping companies that don't pay their port bills in Iran from Iranian civl seizure. How about they pay their f'king BILLS so I'm not paying for a naval escort? Or am I actually suppose to believe the broken chain of logic that suggests the Iranians are randomly seizing U.S.-flagged ships to start a war? Who writes this stuff for CNN - AIPAC??

"...As a reminder the Straits of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, one which is transited by 35% of all seaborne traded oil..."

So... apparently 35% of the world's ships paid their Iranian port fees or whatever the hell the financial dispute was about. Seems like FARS kicked CNN's ass in credibility this time around. Let's get congress to ban that God damn FARS along with RT - those bastards refuse to support the MSM narrative.

"...This takes place just a day after the Pentagon said that the U.S. would "be able to respond" if necessary to help a Marshall Islands-flagged ship that was diverted, and boarded, a day earlier by Iran -- though it remains unclear how far the U.S. Navy might be willing to go if the tense situation escalates..."

Um... how about paying the f'king PORT FEE for the deadbeat shippng company?

"...Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Farragut, is in the area and "keeping an eye on things," and in close enough proximity to the ship that they "will be able to respond if a response is required."

The USS Liberty, unfortunately, wasn't given the same courtesy when it was documenting Israeli war crimes.

"...It is unclear what happens if either the accompanied cargo ship, or the US Navy warship leaves international waters, and enters Iran territory, which as the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is virtually assured:..." 

Iran is nowhere near the Bab el-Mandeb straits - I think Tyler meant Straits of Hormuz. And second of all, NO it's NOT ASSURED - no ship needs to leave international waters unless Oman expands its territorial waters to the UNCLOS limits. Oman isn't Iran - they don't even like each other. And Iran has no intention of 'seizing' any ship without a reason - they had a court order to seize the Maersk Tigris becasue of a financial matter.

"...a strait which as the US Naval update map below shows has become as busy for US traffic as the 405 Freeway during rush hour...."

Busy? The Roosevelt left the Persian Gulf through the straits last week to investigate the masive Iranian weapons shipment 'fleet' and then returned. That's it. The only thing rushing ANYWHERE were my f'king tax dollars down the sewer while the U.S. Navy repositions an aircraft carrier in response to a NYT fabrication about a non-existant arms shipment. The Iwo Jima is still bobbing around the Bab el-Mandeb straits for no good reason at all and won't even help evacuate Americans from Yemen - we have to rely on evil Russia to evacuate them. What 'citizens' are the Iwo Jima heros supporting, anyway? Who the fuck pays you - Israel?

"Expansion of Territorial Waters in the Strait of Hormuz"

That fine graphic shows that the only possbile way shipping would be affected IF Iran insisted on UNCLOS borders (which they never have and never will) AND IF Oman ALSO insists on UNCLOS terms (which they never have and never will). If Iran did and Oman didn't, then international shipping still has plenty of room to pass through the Sraits without ever touching the fantastical Iranian UNCLOS territory. In other words, UNCLOS is irrelevant in the Strait of Hormuz except in the feeble minds of CNN viewers.

"...Iran is only days away from a nuclear weapon...."

Actually not in Tyler's article, but I'm confused as to why not?

 

Meat Hammer's picture

Crazy shit going on in the Straits of Tonkin...er, uh, Gulf of Hormuz...shit!...uh, Straits of Hormuz.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Paveway do you get paid by the word?  If not you have put a lot of effort into sounding like an arsehole.

TheReplacement's picture

Yeah he has a lot to learn.  You do it so much more efficiently.

TheReplacement's picture

We should bomb them just in case.  Iran?  No...

HowdyDoody's picture

"The Iwo Jima is still bobbing around the Bab el-Mandeb straits for no good reason at all and won't even help evacuate Americans from Yemen - we have to rely on evil Russia to evacuate them"

That's not  going to be easy now the Saudis have bombed (using US supplied aircraft and munitions) the runway at Sanaa airport.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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This was not a military matter or a 'provocation' - it was a civil matter of unpaid bills.

US courts, which claim jurisdiction over all time and space, have ruled that only Argentinian boats may be seized.

The U.S. MSM, on the other hand, apparently has gone full-retard to paint this as Iranian aggression requiring a U.S. military response.

Ah, ah, be sure to call it the liberal MSM. The illusion must be kept alive or else people will start to notice that the US media are always gung-ho for moar war, irrespective of whether the White Hut is occupied by a Bush, a Clinton, a Bush, an Obama, or a Clinton.

OK, first of all there was NEVER an Iranian fleet of cargo ships EVER going to Yemen to deliver any imaginary 'arms shipment' - THAT was an earlier lie. It was the 34th fleet of a couple of Iranian Navy ships relieving the 33rd fleet. There was NEVER a separate 'fleet' of any kind of cargo ships 'dispatched' anywhere. The only Irainian presence was their Navy's replacement 'fleet'. Why are you repeating this as if it had any merit, Tyler??

Because the truth is dullsville, baby, it's like totally square. Embellishment is where it's at, hep cat. If you want your war-in to be the grooviest, you've got to put the Hate in Ashbury, and that means expanding the narrative beyond the bounds of reality. You dig?

This was all a fabrication of Weatern MSM, embellished as it was repeated through chains of other Western MSM. It had all the likelyhood of the carrier USS Roosevelt being loaded with Yemeni loyalist weapons and dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to unload them.

Would that be the USS Kermit Roosevelt?

So what's the big 'report'? The U.S. Navy will escort U.S.-flagged cargo ships - IS THERE EVEN SUCH A THING?

Yes, in the two matteringest places of all: movies and TV shows.

For FUCKS SAKE, quit wasting my money on imaginary threats!

But, but, but those are the only ones left to waste money on.

Iran is nowhere near the Bab el-Mandeb straits

US citizens refuse to be constrained by geographical knowledge. Strait of Hormuz or not, for 'americans', a straits is a straits.

The Iwo Jima is still bobbing around the Bab el-Mandeb straits for no good reason at all and won't even help evacuate Americans from Yemen - we have to rely on evil Russia to evacuate them.

Careful. Truth telling about Russia will trigger the antipatrioticism detectors.

"...Iran is only days away from a nuclear weapon...."

Actually not in Tyler's article, but I'm confused as to why not?

It is scheduled for the next Michael Ramirez neocon crayon scribbling du jour.

Savvy's picture

Damn that was good. f'ken A+

August's picture

Thank you, Paveway IV.

It seems that as ZH readers drift further into bitter-end kookiness, ZH articles move more and more toward mainstream warmongering.

Alas!  I don't like the tend in either direction. If we're going to get regular doses of warmongering, I'd prefer to see them coming from the side of the Rebellion, not from the Empire.  We actually need more links to practical improvised explosives, and guerilla war, not regurgitated Stratfor crap.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Blatent terrorist, if so I hope the FBI crawls up your ass for asking for links to explosives.  who would you use them on, americans, politicians, people who disagree with you?  If you are not a domestic terrorist I will eat my shorts.   Otherwise you are an agent provactuer trolling to set up other dim wits.

I hope you get banned by the Tylers.

Seek_Truth's picture

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Free speech is protected, "Cliff."

Why do you want to ban it?

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

He said he wants more links to information on improvised explosives.  Who does he want to kill, my children, your children, some goverment worker just doing his job? 

Anusocracy's picture

Killing is the government's job. Along with stealing, destroying, and slavery.

You and your ilk really need to go back to the animal world. You already possess all the behaviors needed, you would be right at home.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

I never said I wanted to kill anyone.  I do promote defending my self, my country and my family from terrorists.  There is a way to promote change in this country called a political process, no matter how crappy it may be, other than through violence. You are now defending terrorists, what is you complaint exactly against me?

Seek_Truth's picture

Exactly who are these terrorists you want to defend yourself from?

The US MIC?

The US gubmint?

Oh, those.

TheReplacement's picture

Hmm, you insult the animal world.  'Throw me to the wolves 'cause there's order in the pack'.  That and animals don't kill for sport or other non-existential reasons.

Seek_Truth's picture

You're projecting, Cliff.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Nothing wrong with learning things that might come in handy one day.

I'm guessing you're a gubmint sycophant and look to gubmint to "protect" you.

Am I right or amiright?

 

toothpicker's picture

nah, he's trolling from Langley

TheReplacement's picture

What are you some kind of traitor?  We have to be prepared to fight back when Iran invades and conquers the US.  That and I have some stumps that would be a lot easier to blow up than dig out.

Proofreder's picture

The Anarchist's Cookbook

Found at better NSA monitored sites throughout the universe.

As for the guerilla stuff, try National Georgaphic or

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/guerrilla-marketing.asp

Meta_Consciousness's picture

Kudos for the assessment.

 

I'd ask for citations but the they are inherent in the nature of the story development through which you cited overall sources.

 

I have two friends whose kids joined up within the last eight months. I kept my mouth shut for two reasons that will bore readers.

 

But I told them both about jade helm and the nature of the US governments' business dealings with Iran despite the rhetoric.

 

Both came away with a sigh of relief, despite both anticipating me to scare them into trying to  persuade their kids into going awol.

 

 

 

I blamed jade helm on the terrorists already being within CONUS.

I let the first navy news stink in, then follow up with tree fact it wasn't American and was under court order.

 

What I love most about propaganda is that the only two reasons to believe it are under threat of death or non payment.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

What happens when your economy is worse than terrible and your stock market makes new highs?

knukles's picture

Say everything's OK and open another tin of Persian caviar and bottle of Dom Perignon, silly.
Just after inciting a new riot to keep the peasantry's minds on the necessity of a Strong Peace-loving Centrally Planned Project to Protect and Nurture.
Look!  A Shiny New Unicorn came with my New ObammiePhone!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

If the Iranian Navy were smart, they'd LIVE-STREAM the event, for the world to see the drama at sea.

And provide real-time locations of ships involved, relative to borders, markers, etc.  Then there'd be no Horsing around for Kerry.

The Internet and Social Media have "democratized crisis coverage", lest there be the DOD-edited version only on the MSM.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

"They spoofed the GPS, our ships never left port, its a plywood mock-up of our aircraft carrier, the Russians did it, freedum, democrazy, don't question your superiors..." - plenty of lies that stupid sheeple will swallow hook line and sinker despite any evidence to the contrary.

 

TheReplacement's picture

Ever wonder why there is almost never any coverage of US .mil operations?  Word is electronics stop working just before the splat.  The electronic countermeasures allow the weapon(s) to hit home (literally) without interference and they get "full spectrum dominance" meaning media too.

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Mister Delicious (not verified) The Juggernaut Apr 30, 2015 5:07 PM

Syria’s Nightmarish Narrative
April 27, 2015

Exclusive: With military and political help from Saudi Arabia and Israel, the nightmare scenario of an Al-Qaeda and/or Islamic State victory in Syria may be coming true, as the army of the more secular Syrian government retreats and as President Obama seems frozen by indecision, reports Robert Parry.

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