Monday, June 17, 2019

TROUBLED WATERS - The Tanker Attacks

"After suspected attacks on Mideast oil tankers, U.S. blames Iran" PBS NewsHour 6/13/2019


SUMMARY:  Two oil tankers near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz were damaged Thursday.  After the U.S. Navy rushed to assist evacuating sailors, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran, calling the suspected attacks a "clear threat to international peace and security."  They come amid heightened tensions with Iran and an increased U.S. military presence in the Mideast.  Nick Schifrin reports.

"After apparent attacks on oil tankers, what’s next for the U.S. and Iran" PBS NewsHour 6/14/2019


SUMMARY:  After two oil tankers near the strategically critical Strait of Hormuz were damaged Thursday, the U.S. said Iran was responsible.  The UN, meanwhile, has called for an independent investigation.  Judy Woodruff talks to Vali Nasr, a Middle East scholar and former State Department official, and Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA operations officer in the Middle East, about this precarious situation.

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