UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A report issued by Norwegian insurance companies revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard “most likely” facilitated the Sunday attacks on oil tankers, including two Saudi ships, off the coast of the emirate of Fujairah in the UAE.
A confidential assessment released this week by the War Risk Insurance Association, which is handled by Norwegian shipowners, Reuters said it had seen, concluded that the attack was probably carried out by a ship driven by underwater marching vehicles, carrying between 30 and 35 kilograms of heavy explosives the impact is designed to explode when colliding.
The Association based its assessment that the Revolutionary Guard was probably the mastermind of the attacks, among other factors:
– The high probability that the Revolutionary Guard has already extended its Houthi allies who are fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, boats loaded with explosives capable of hitting targets accurately using the GPS.
– The similarities between fragments found in the Norwegian tanker and fragments of motor boats used by the Houthis off Yemen, although the vehicles previously used by the Houthis were surface boats and not underwater vehicles, which are likely to be used in the Fujairah attack.
– The fact that Iran and the IRGC were specifically threatened with military force, and that in the face of a militarily stronger adversary, the Guards are likely to resort to “asymmetrical and easily deniable measures.”
The association noted that Fujairah’s attack caused relatively limited damage and was carried out at a time when US naval vessels were still en route to the Gulf.
The report also said the attacks were carried out six to 10 miles offshore Fujairah, near the Strait of Hormuz.
The report pointed to damage to the engine rooms in the tanker “Amjad” flying Saudi flag and the carrier, “Michelle,” flying the flag of the UAE, while damaged the Saudi carrier “Marzouqa” in the back, and the rear of the Norwegian carrier “Andrey Victory” badly damaged.
It is highly likely that the aim of the attacks is to send a message to the United States and its allies that Iran does not need to close the strait to disrupt the movement of the region, adding that it is also likely that Iran will continue to carry out similar, albeit less severe attacks on commercial ships during the period coming.
“The report is an internal and secret report prepared to inform members of the ASEAN shipowners about accidents in Fujairah and the most likely interpretation,” Sven Rinpakin, director of the association, declined to comment on the report.
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