US Navy Releases Footage of Tanker Attack Aftermath That Has 'Iran Written All Over It,' Trump Says

A day after two tankers were attacked off the coast of Iran, the U.S. Navy released footage of one of the tankers while President Donald Trump blamed the Islamic Republic, saying the attack has Tehran “written all over it.”

On Friday, according to The Washington Post, the Navy released video that it said showed an Iranian vessel trying to remove an unexploded mine from a Japanese-owned oil tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, which had already been damaged by an explosion.

Fox News reported that a source said the vessel did not bear any flags, but was similar to Iranian vessels that have been known to harass U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf.

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According to Fox, the footage came from a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Bainbridge.

It was this same vessel that was responsible for rescuing 21 crew members from the damaged tanker.

“This is what we’re out here for,” the commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge Cmdr. M. Kathryn Devin said, according to Fox.

“Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.”

The same day the Navy released its footage, Fox reported, Trump was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” and said there was no doubt who was behind the attacks.

The violence has “Iran written all over it,” he said, because “they’re a nation of terror.”

“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” he said.

“We don’t take it lightly.”

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On Thursday, the Kokuka Courage and a Norwegian-owned tanker called the Front Altair were attacked in the Strait of Hormuz leaving dozens of crew members left to be rescued.

That afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for both of the attacks in a news conference.

“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo additionally blamed Tehran for the attacks in a Twitter post, saying they are an “unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran.”

Iran however, has denied any involvement in the attacks.

According to Fox, Iran’s U.N. Mission said the Iranian government condemns the attacks on the tankers and “categorically rejects” the United States’ claim that Iran had anything to do with the attacks.

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Steven is a former writer for The Western Journal and has written hundreds of stories for both Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. He is a follower of Jesus, husband to an amazing wife and father to two beautiful girls.
Steven is a former writer for the Western Journal and has written dozens of stories for both Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. Steven is a native of Louisiana but has transferred to a remote desert land often referred to as Arizona. He has a beautiful wife and two amazing daughters. You can often find him hiking the Arizona landscape or serving on the worship team at his church.
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