Latest Strait of Hormuz News

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

Sep. 17, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia's vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that's emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who launched them. Beginning in May with the still-unclaimed...

The Latest: UN nuclear inspectors on the ground in Iran

Sep. 7, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf region between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:00 p.m. The United Nations' nuclear watchdog says it has inspectors on the ground in Iran who will be able to look into reports that Tehran began injecting uranium gas into...

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Sep. 7, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms....

AP NewsAlert

Sep. 7, 2019 4:31 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Semi-official news agency says Iran seizes tugboat, detains 12 Filipinos near Strait of Hormuz amid regional tensions.

New US-led patrols in Persian Gulf raise stakes with Iran

Sep. 3, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the U.S. tries a new way to protect shipping across the Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran, it finds itself sailing into uncertain waters. For decades, the U.S. has considered the waters of the Persian Gulf as critical to its national security. Through the gulf's...

New US-led patrols in Persian Gulf raise stakes with Iran

Sep. 3, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the U.S. tries a new way to protect shipping across the Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran, it finds itself sailing into uncertain waters. For decades, the U.S. has considered the waters of the Persian Gulf as critical to its national security. Through the gulf's...

British navy says 3rd warship en route to Persian Gulf

Aug. 25, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain says a third Royal Navy vessel is heading to the Persian Gulf to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The navy says the HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, will join the frigates HMS Kent and HMS Montrose. The Montrose is due to leave for planned repairs later this month,...

Australia joins US-led mission to protect Hormuz shipping

Aug. 21, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has joined Britain and Bahrain in signing onto a U.S.-led maritime security mission to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran, the prime minister said Wednesday. Australia will contribute troops, a surveillance plane and a Navy...

Israeli, US militaries simulate ship hijacking amid tensions

Aug. 20, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Tuesday it has conducted a joint exercise with U.S. Special Forces simulating the retaking of a hijacked ship. The drill comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf and efforts by the Trump administration to set up a naval security...