Tanker attacks near UAE expose weaknesses in Gulf Arab security

Reuters | May 15, 2019 at 1:17 PM
  • Attacks on Saudi tankers and other vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this week expose vulnerabilities in the security of a key oil-shipping route amid rising tensions between the United States, Iran and Gulf Arab states.
  • The waterway separates Iran and Oman, linking the Gulf to the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea.
  • Even during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, when the two sides sought to disrupt oil exports by attacking ships in what was known as the Tanker War, shipping did not stop although insurance rates spiked.