Iran: The IRGC's Bold Seizure of a British Tanker Pushes the Risk of Escalation
MIN READJul 19, 2019 | 19:51 GMT
A ship approaches supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on July 6, 2019. As if the standoff between Tehran and the West couldn't grow any tenser, Iran has now seized another oil tanker.
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The most significant in a series of events involving Iran during the week occurred July 19 with an announcement from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that it had seized a British tanker -- and briefly halted the progress of another -- in the Persian Gulf. The tanker's capture adds yet another layer of stress atop already tense relations between the Islamic republic and the United States and its allies....