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War Drums Beat After ‘Sabotage Attacks’ Rock Saudi Oil Tankers

Two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in the gulf, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is using the opportunity to build animus against Iran in Europe.

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The Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims that two of their oil tankers in the Gulf were damaged by “sabotage attacks” on Monday morning.

The Saudis released a statement decrying “acts of sabotage which targeted commercial and civilian vessels near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates.”

“This criminal act constitutes a serious threat to the security and safety of maritime navigation and adversely impacts regional and international peace and security,” a Saudi foreign military source said.

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UAE also claims that four commercial vessels were targeted by attacks near the emirate of Fujairah a day earlier. They released a statement about the Saudi attacks.

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“Two Saudi oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack in the exclusive economic zone of the United Arab Emirates, off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, while on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf,” said Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, according to a SPA state news agency report.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi expressed regret over the event and denied that Iran had anything to do with the attacks.

“The incidents in the Sea of Oman are alarming and regrettable,” Mousavi said in public statement released on the foreign ministry’s webpage.

As the war drums beat, Mousavi “warned against plots by ill-wishers to disrupt regional security” and urged for “vigilance of regional states in the face of any adventurism by foreign elements.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo – who has repeatedly threatened regime change in Iran – has come unexpectedly into Brussels to raise warning of Iran’s “threatening actions and statements.”

Europe is worried that the U.S. is pushing toward another costly war that will recreate disasters similar to what was done in Iraq and Libya during the Bush and Obama regimes.

“I made clear once again that we are worried in view of the developments and the tensions in the region,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said to reporters. “We don’t want a military escalation.”

Pompeo abdicated constitutional responsibilities last month, deferring to deep state attorneys, and side-stepping questioning from non-interventionist Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) when he asked the Secretary about Congressional war powers regarding Iran.

Pompeo also bragged about the lies he helped perpetrate while serving as CIA Director, actually claiming that the deep state’s propaganda operation reminds him of “the glory of the American experiment.”

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It is feared that these “sabotage attacks” may serve as a provocation that will further drag the U.S. into another military conflict, which is what Trump campaigned against when running for President in 2016.

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Hostilities Explode As Armenia, Azerbaijan Fight Over Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Dozens have been killed.

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Intense combat broke out between the military forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the weekend, with the two west Asian countries intensifying a conflict over the disputed territory known of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Reports indicate that more than thirty fighters between the two sides were killed over the weekend.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s (also known as Artsakh) pro-Armenian local government claimed that the Armenians had destroyed 20 UAV’s, 3 helicopters, and thirty tanks or fighting vehicles of the Azerbaijani armed forces.

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The Armenian ministry of defense has confirmed that more than 200 of its personnel fighting in the conflict have been wounded. It’s possible casualties could explode over the week if Azerbaijan continues its attempt to conquer towns and villages administered by the Artsakh government.

The small territory is inhabited by a majority Armenian population, who wholly support the region’s integration into Armenia. Ethnic warfare over the area first erupted in 1988 as the two nations separated from the collapsing Soviet Union, and has flared up intermittently since then.

The region is largely internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and Azeri attempts to assert sovereignty over the mountainous region have been met with fierce resistance from the local population before. The fighting exploded over the weekend when Azerbaijan attempted to move its military personnel into the area, and it appears that the latest round of fighting has been the most vicious so far.

The warfare escalated when Armenia accused Azerbaijan of deploying artillery and airstrikes against pro-Armenian fighters in the region, with Azerbaijan claiming it only used the weapons in response to Armenian attacks of the same variety.

Armenia is Christian, and Azerbaijan is Muslim. The former has conditional backing from the Russian Federation, while Azerbaijan is staunchly supported by neighboring Turkey. Many Armenians are staunch in their defense of the region as an Armenian territory, citing the legacy of the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of the Armenian population of Anatolia following World War I.

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