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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...

Dutch ex-defense chief against joining Persian Gulf mission

Aug. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The former head of Dutch defense forces said he believes the Netherlands should not take part in a U.S.-led mission to protect shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the aim of the operation is to pile more pressure on Iran. The comments of former defense chief Dick...

Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

Aug. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece. The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1,...

Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

Aug. 18, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar late on Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel tracking service, showed the...

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure

Aug. 17, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — The shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday, as the U.S. made a last-minute effort to seize it again. The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the...

Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

Aug. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could impede its immediate departure from Gibraltar, the sailor's lawyer said Friday. Any delay in the Grace 1's departure could...

The Latest: US unveils seizure warrant for Iranian tanker

Aug. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The U.S. government says it has a warrant to seize an oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff because of violations of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes. The U.S....

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Aug. 15, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing...

Gibraltar says no immediate plan to release Iranian tanker

Aug. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A senior official in Gibraltar is denying reports that an Iranian tanker seized near the British overseas territory is poised to be released. The official said a report by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency that the Grace 1 tanker is leaving Tuesday night are "untrue." He spoke on...