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Iran: IRGC Captures British Oil Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

1 MIN READJul 19, 2019 | 18:09 GMT

What Happened: Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, PressTV reported July 19.

Why It Matters: Although details on the capture of the vessel are scant at the moment, it comes after British forces seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar earlier this month and previous attempts by Iran to capture a British oil tanker.

Background: The United States and other Western countries have blamed Iran for a series of attacks on commercial vessels over the past few months in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

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