Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf’s 1980s ‘Tanker War’

The Economic Times | Jun 14, 2019 at 7:20 PM
  • Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz Strait of Hormuz this week show how one of the world’s crucial chokepoints for global energy supplies can be easily targeted, 30 years after the US Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict called the “Tanker War.”
  • The so-called “Tanker War” involved American naval ships escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf and the strait after Iranian mines damaged vessels in the region.
  • American forces attacked two Iranian oil rigs and sank or damaged six Iranian vessels.