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Iran Decides Its Best Defense Is Bravado

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 14, 2019 | 16:59 GMT
A picture from June 13 shows fire and smoke billowing from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.

A picture from June 13 shows fire and smoke billowing from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. The incident, the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks, came amid spiraling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which pointed the finger at Iran over an earlier tanker attack in May.

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In attacking oil tankers once more, there might be a method to Tehan's madness in its standoff with Washington. Whether its brazenry will make total war unavoidable is another story....

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