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>> No. 19550 Anonymous
21st June 2019
Friday 6:23 am
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Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries. The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.

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>> No. 19561 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 11:15 am
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I assume his Russian handlers didn't approve.
>> No. 19562 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 12:54 pm
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So what would be the impact if he went through with it? Please answer as though I'm an ignorant fool. I'm sensing there's that undercurrent where WW3 would be just around the corner if he did but I'm not sure why.

Seems to me Iran are just behind North Korea as global scapegoat baddies who don't have any friends to stand behind them. The Yanks only ever pick on countries that can't stand up for themselves.

I wonder what made them think twice.
>> No. 19563 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 1:52 pm
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Whole thing reeks of a trial balloon. They've decided on having a war, they will have a war. The only ones I can see backing the US doing this would be KSA and Israel so it would be pretty clear who the bad guys were at least.
>> No. 19564 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 1:58 pm
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>I wonder what made them think twice

The Donald said it's because he was told the strikes would kill ~150 people, which he felt was disproportionate for downing a drone.
>> No. 19565 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 2:12 pm
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Typical Yanks, claiming to go after a "state sponsor of terror" while courting KSA without a hint of irony.
>> No. 19736 Anonymous
19th July 2019
Friday 8:01 pm
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Those cheeky Iranians have only gone and seized a British tanker. What scallies.
>> No. 19737 Anonymous
19th July 2019
Friday 8:50 pm
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The Saudis allegedly have a decent stockpile of DF-21 ASBMs, which could make things really interesting if this situation goes kinetic.
>> No. 19738 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 12:06 pm
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Two actually, but the Mesdar has just been released. This is most likely just tit for tat and hopefully won't escalate.
>> No. 19739 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 12:54 pm
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To be clear, our tanker was in international waters, right? That's straight-up piracy. If it was officially sanctioned it's an act of war.
>> No. 19740 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 1:13 pm
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>> No. 19741 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 1:27 pm
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And on what legal basis do the British enforce EU sanctions on Iran?

It's not even EU policy.
>> No. 19742 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 1:32 pm
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Don't bother, lad.
>> No. 19743 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 2:05 pm
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You're probably just Islamophobic if you insist on holding Iran to a higher standard.
>> No. 19744 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 2:09 pm
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What higher standard? Which other country has seized a vessel in international waters lately? I know that Gibraltar recently seized a vessel within territorial waters but if the Panamanians whose flag she was carrying have a problem I'm sure their ambassador will be in touch.
>> No. 19745 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 2:17 pm
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Gibraltar is not a country, and nobody cares what Mickey Mouse flag the Iranians were flying.
>> No. 19746 Anonymous
20th July 2019
Saturday 2:22 pm
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How very dare you. Next you'll be telling us that Yorkshire isn't a country either.
>> No. 19748 Anonymous
21st July 2019
Sunday 10:50 am
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I care.
>> No. 20088 Anonymous
8th September 2019
Sunday 9:13 am
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The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of an international incident has been sailing just off the Syrian coast, satellite images appear to show.

The Adrian Darya-1 was seized by Gibraltar in July with the aid of British forces over fears it was bound for Syria, violating EU sanctions. It was eventually released after assurances were given that it would not head for the war-ravaged country. But images released on Saturday seemed to show it two nautical miles offshore.


Cheeky scamps.
>> No. 20089 Anonymous
8th September 2019
Sunday 5:06 pm
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What are they supposed to do?
The USA has threatened sanctions against any country that buys the oil off them.
They tried to bride the captain and when he refused they imposed sanctions against him personally.

At least at the time we released them from Gibraltar, they had other plausible options than Syria.
>> No. 20090 Anonymous
8th September 2019
Sunday 5:44 pm
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>What are they supposed to do?
I don't know, maybe not sell the oil to Syria? I know that might sound like a radical idea.
>> No. 20091 Anonymous
8th September 2019
Sunday 9:15 pm
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why would Syria buy their oil? the reason you go to syria is to buy their oil from one of the various different factions.
>> No. 20092 Anonymous
9th September 2019
Monday 1:08 am
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They keep dropping all their oil barrels from helicopters. Living in Syria is like one of those Donkey Kong games.
>> No. 20093 Anonymous
9th September 2019
Monday 7:28 pm
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You must have missed the part about the US threatening sanctions against any country who bought the oil off them.
>> No. 20094 Anonymous
9th September 2019
Monday 7:37 pm
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No, I didn't miss it at all.
>> No. 20095 Anonymous
10th September 2019
Tuesday 6:53 pm
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So what exactly are they supposed to do with all the oil? Pour it in the sea?
>> No. 20096 Anonymous
10th September 2019
Tuesday 6:58 pm
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You can probably reverse engineer it back into dinosaurs.
>> No. 20097 Anonymous
10th September 2019
Tuesday 7:01 pm
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Sell it to Sealand so the US accidentally recognises it as a sovereign state.

Or the shipping company can be boring and abandon it in port along with the crew like any respectable maritime operation would.
>> No. 20098 Anonymous
10th September 2019
Tuesday 10:47 pm
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>So what exactly are they supposed to do with all the oil?
It was contraband. If they can't find anyone to sell it to without getting sanctioned, that's their problem. They chose to solve it by giving an undertaking to not ship it to Syria and then shipping it there anyway. That may have unwanted consequences for them.
>> No. 20128 Anonymous
11th September 2019
Wednesday 11:58 pm
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It seems like a very strange route to take, why didn't they just go via the suez? it would have taken them a fraction of the time assuming they were doing a round trip to Iran.
>> No. 20131 Anonymous
12th September 2019
Thursday 12:24 am
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They weren't allowed.

>> No. 20194 Anonymous
16th September 2019
Monday 12:20 pm
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The US are blaming Iran for the attacks on the Saudi oil fields. Here we go again.
>> No. 20202 Anonymous
16th September 2019
Monday 5:55 pm
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Ha. Just waiting for the folks responsible for 9/11 to tell us who to bomb. The world's weird.
>> No. 20203 Anonymous
16th September 2019
Monday 6:32 pm
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>waiting on the Kingdom as to... what terms we would procede
He just copped to letting the House of fucking Saud set his military and diplomatic stance, incredible.
>> No. 20207 Anonymous
16th September 2019
Monday 8:06 pm
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It's just good customer service.
>> No. 20315 Anonymous
21st September 2019
Saturday 10:01 am
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Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to send troops to Saudi Arabia

The US has announced plans to send forces to Saudi Arabia in the wake of attacks against the country's oil infrastructure. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper told reporters the deployment would be "defensive in nature". Total troop numbers have not yet been decided.

>> No. 20327 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 9:52 pm
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