Did Iran Attack Ships in the Gulf? What the Evidence Shows | Visual Investigations


When explosions
crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13, the incident immediately heightened tensions
between the U.S. and Iran and raised alarms
about the security of a vital passageway
for a third of the world’s petroleum. The U.S. blamed Iran
for unprovoked attacks on the ship. “— present a clear threat.” Iran said American officials
were “warmongering.” The main evidence the U.S.
has presented to the public to support its claim
are these photos and this surveillance footage
taken several hours after the attack on
one of the tankers. The footage has
significant gaps, cuts out at key moments
and zooms in and out. It does not depict
a single sequence of events or an
explosive being planted. Days later, the U.S.
released new images to back up its claim. They don’t show
definitively who is responsible for the attacks. But here’s what the
images do show us. First, the tanker: We can confirm
that this tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, is the same
ship that was approached by the Iranian vessel. These distinctive
features match. And shipping data confirms it was 20 miles
off the coast of Iran when it was attacked. Next, the patrol boat,
which does appear to be Iranian. It matches the model
and dimensions of patrol boats used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards
Corps Navy. The chevron pattern on the
bow of the boat matches, and so does the
center console. And they both have
antiaircraft guns. An Iranian source familiar
with the country’s military operations told us
that this clearer picture of the same patrol boat
does show an I.R.G.C. vessel. And the incident occurred in
Iran’s area of responsibility. Last, the alleged mine: A U.S. Navy ship
took this photograph before the Iranian
patrol appeared. It shows damage to
the ship and what appears to be an object
protruding from the hull. The new images released by
the U.S. Defense Department appear to show the
outline of a limpet mine similar to this mine
design on the right. The dimensions
of the mine match. These markings
match clasps used to attach the mine to the
tanker and this remnant matches the size and
design of those clasps. Weapons experts say this could
resemble limpet mines that are available to
Iran, but there’s still no conclusive proof
that they are Iranian. So it appears that
an Iranian boat did remove a limpet mine
from the ship’s hull. But importantly, the pictures
released by the U.S. lack the crucial
piece of evidence: The moment the
mine was placed. Meanwhile,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that President Trump
wants to avoid war. “President Trump
does not want war. We will continue to
communicate that message while doing the
things that are necessary to protect American
interests in the region.” Even still,
the Defense Department decided to send 1,000
additional troops to the region in response. But as U.S.-Iran
relations continue to crumble,
this slim waterway will remain
a hotbed of tension.

100 thoughts on “Did Iran Attack Ships in the Gulf? What the Evidence Shows | Visual Investigations

  1. That was good reporting. But you should have added the reports from the Japanese side. Or those reports from the ships crew who thought that the attack came from something flying.

  2. The last real war was world war 2. When people actually fought for something. Nowadays people fight for politicians and oligarchs. Let those who want to fight wars be the ones in the front line, then see how careful they'd be about having one.

  3. I LOVE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทโš˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒณ

  4. NYT is war mongering establishment mouthpiece at crucial junctures. PERIOD

    This thing happens and it will happen again.

  5. So at most this is proof the IRGC REMOVED a mine after the attack when they were responding to the explosion. New York Times yellow journalism, strategic omission, leading statements.

  6. The Uncle Sam โ€œbirdieโ€ were blown hole-in-one 60k feet in the sky. Birdie!
    Prince of Persia does not need speed boat to punch a hole in the super size tankers.
    Uncle Saud, Uncle Zion & Uncle Sam crying wolf again

  7. Israel Real News reporter on a false flag attack on tankers in the Hormuz strait one to two weeks before it occured.

  8. So you are trying to prove that the Iran attacked an Japanese oil tanker while the Japanese prime minister is visiting iran to lessen the intensity between US and Iran.
    LOL.

  9. If USA starts war with IRAN .I guess it will be last time to go in war with other countries.. because other countries had enough with USA force domination..3rd world war will be started by USA and it will be end by the end of USA

  10. The situation in the region has started to destabilize when US deployed their naval forces! If Iran really wanted to attack some ships they won't do it when there is heavy US presence … specially attack Japan owned tanker while Japanese PM was in Tehran! Japan is the one of the few buyers of Iranian oil … so US has to explain how this really works out in Iranian interest!
    When crime occur first thing you should ask you about is "Who benefits?"
    Who benefits from attacked Japanese Tankers close to Iran while Japanese PM is in Tehran?
    Who benefits from Skripals case in UK?
    Who benefits from Assad "gassing" his own peolpe while wining the war against terrorists?
    Who benefits from Maduro "lit of fire humantiarian truck"?
    Who benefits from downing of MH17 in Ukrainian east region?
    Who benefits from Russia "colluded" with Trump?
    Who benefits from war "Vietnam attacked US ships on Gulf of Tonkin"?
    Who benefits from Israeli attack on "USS Liberty"?
    Who benefits from "Iraq has WMD's"?
    Who benefits from "Iraqi solders throw babies out of incubators"?
    Who benefits from Russia is responsible for Brexit?
    Who benefits from Russia is responsible for Catalunya referendum?
    Who benefits from Russia is behind Yellow West protests?
    Who benefits from Russia attacking Georgia in 2008?
    Who benefits from the coup to topple Yanukovic?
    Who benefits from the coup to topple Erdogan?
    I can go with this list forever! Just ask yourself who really have interest of these things "happening" because most of these are pure lies, others are facts but the accused side has no real benefit from them.
    Please share what you thinking. I would be happy to know what people think and where this world goes!

  11. why dont you do an expose on why our government has no credibility left when it comes to claims that get us into wars?? gulf of tonkin, nayirah testimony before desert storm, WMD??? how many lies does one country have to foist onto its people before they see they are being used as cannon fodder for private and foreign interests??

  12. Who would benefit from an attack like this? I'm immediately suspect of KSA – who definitely didn't want the UN's Khashoggi report to be the news headline of the day – if Iran was going to do this, why use such an identifiable vessel to approach the crime scene?

  13. I wonder who put pressure on the times? Seems odd. Badly thought out piece.

    If that was true alphabet soup surveillance footage then…

    It would be in colour.
    At 1080.
    All the sailors would be named and details of their jobs, careers and home life could be disseminated (or leaked) to us to convince us.
    The specific boat track would be given, including when it was built and where it is now.

    Whose mine are they removing? Why? Do the Iranians own and use this specific type? Are they available on the black or grey markets?

    Also….Where were the subs? I.e. If i had a sub and some divers with sabotage/udt experience i could mine a ship, place a low yield charge on it, destroy an Iranian attack boat and leave with no trace. Why were the sailors allowed to attack ships? Who gains by revealing their activities or through a false flag job? Or does anyone think the SEALS sit around drinking beer and shooting paper targets…?

    If it smells, tastes and looks like a false flag op…..it probably is. Especially given the players, the stakes and the agendas.

  14. if you want to know the truth just watch the version of the Japanese ship's captain where he Rejects u.s version of event and confirms the Iranian version of what happened and how they got attacked. he also mentions that the Iranians helped 44 member of his crew and saved them. if u.s filmed it, then they put it there. with such high technology equipment it's impossible to film with that poor quality. did they capture the video worth a 19 80s flip up Motorola or something??!!!

  15. Ahhh that hole is very asymmetrical and more symptomatic of a 'puncturing' of the metal, not an implosive symmetrical blast hole no?

  16. The whole world knows its American/Israel doing – do benefits will come to iran for attacking a Japanese vessel ๐Ÿšข
    It does however benefits US

  17. Not going to mention every eye witness account from the crew of that ship saw an airborne drone strike the ship before the explosion? Or how none of them saw the alleged Iranian attack boat?

  18. So this is how nyt does it Iran is scary and they might have potentially tried to blow up the ship. What do you think?

  19. Israel is greatest enemy of USA.
    Bombing of King David Hotel. Flying an unmark jet and attack USS. Liberty and try to blame on Egypt. Israel tried to bombs all American Civilian targets in Egypt (Lavon affair). Urban Moving System explosive 9/11 plot. Poison of Yassa Arafat with Polonium. Bombing of Arab Synagogues to force Arab Jew to move to Israel ……..
    They always get caught red handed. If you not good at something why donโ€™t you stop. Surly God is not with them because they always get caught.

  20. Japan confirmed that the attack was not from Iran and that a patrol boat from Iranian navy had been stole.
    It was confirmed as it was taken by a seal team during an extraction after an assassination comanded by the CIA.
    And now Trump says that he does not want war but he just doubled US activities and allowed the CIA to operate in almost open warfare against Iran.
    He is doing the same thing that Bush did for the second gulf war, he is making US people feel in insecurity because of Iran to justifie an invasion.
    For Iraq they said that there was weapons of mass destruction but ones the war was over it was found that those weapons had already been destroyed in the first gulf war.
    He wants a war but this will not be Iraq, Iran has powerfull allies and as formed its army for a war against the US during the last 40 years.
    The US would ultimately won but at very heavy casualies and millions of dead in Iran population including women and children which the US totally don't care about when bombarding a city.
    If Trump attacks Iran this could create the third world war as Russia and China and Iran have an agreement of mutual defense.

  21. Can anybody give me a good reason as to why i should not believe the americans themselves are not the guilty ones here?

    And by the way, american allies count as americans.

  22. All the arbs are just waiting for Iran to try them out. To be honest, every time something happens to Iran they threaten the Arabs. But again none of the Arab countries would do anything with no proof. And if my country says there is no proof then there isnt no matter what the US says.

  23. What happened to the crew members on the shop? Who rescued them? No one seems to want to talk about that , I wonder why?

  24. We have found your missiles from Haftar militia so can I blame US and call terrorist ? Evidence must be clear . You journalists should learn computer science a little bit you will realize how easy it is to create propaganda videos.

  25. Oh NYT !! why are you along with your cohort media like CNN are warmongering? You wanted to point finger to Iran and you did but nicely pretended that you value journalistic integrity.

  26. This is true, this is true, this is true, but no photograph was taken so the whole story is false…. And who says the liberal media isn't manipulating you…

  27. Iran is making a statement to the US and the world. That they can close the straight of hormuz and make things difficult for the world economy and flow of oil. This attack is nothing more that a demonstration to ratchet up tension and force the EU and US to cow tow to Iran. This is classic international diplomacy and communication between two countries. Nothing more.

  28. If this report is said to be unbiased, why then it excluded the most important and direct piece of evidence from the Japanese Tanker Owner who said in a public announcement shortly followed the incident that his crews told him the ship was hit by flying objects and he himself precluded the possibility of a mine?
    Also why not report the offical position of the Japanese govt who has doubt that it was Iran's responsibility.

  29. People don't understand the skill argument — but as a military guy let me make this clear. There are only two countries in the world that could have done this. Iran and the U.S . There is NO WAY that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel, Kuwait or a bunch of mercenaries could do this. It's incredibly complex and you need a close port to operate from. And you need a trained, experience paramilitary naval force.

  30. Jabba the Hutt I mean pompeo another American prostitute for Israel and the military industrial complex remember these prostitutes lied about Iraq Syria and now about Iran hoping this time around Americans have woken up

  31. The Japanese owner of the taker said it was not mine because of the people on the boat saw a flying object hit it. https://nypost.com/2019/06/14/japanese-operator-sailors-saw-flying-objects-before-oil-tanker-attack/

  32. Nah, it was probably Israel again trying to hoax the U.S into another war to do their dirty deeds for them. They use our kids to fight their wars

  33. Vietnam war based on a lie iraq war based on a lie but this based on truth at least the news is interesting and scary again

  34. Well it seems like everything you said was wrong. If Iran hit that ship and they say they didnโ€™t, then why would they show their faces few hours after the bomb to contradict their own plan?

  35. I'd like to point out my view (be great if ppl keep a open mind) . US does this a lot something bad happens and they automatically blame said enemy like Russia and so on. So for example the family who get attacked by a nerf agent. Yes it was a Russian made nerf, and the victim that was targeted was a ex double agent. This happened during the time of the Football World Cup which was in Russia at the time. What was happening, people were enjoying being in Russia. All the news outlets did was praise Russia and Putin on how well they did as the host and so on…. The west didn't like this….. So this poor guy got attacked and it was blamed on Russia…. Back to this. I work in a shop which sells news papers. I don't bias on one or any news outlet but I read a few of them and they all said the same thing that Iran did the attack. So I did some research…. The Japanese gov and Iranian gov, are getting better relations…. US didnt/doesn't like this because one of their closest allies is having talks with one of its major enemies…. I also found out that one of the ships was Japanese like you said in this video… But what shocked me the most was, that the Japanese prime minister and Iran were meant to be meeting a week after that happened…. So for me I found this to be very dodgy and strange…. And btw why would they plant bombs in Broad daylight wearing bright life jackets…..

  36. What about Israhell deliberately and knowingly bombing the USS Liberty?
    Yes that's correct….. Jews and Israhell continued to attack the Liberty knowing full well it was an American vessel. Even after Israeli pilots kept telling their superiors it was an American ship, they were told to keep bombing it or lose rank and be court marshalled.
    American military were jumping off the bombed vessel into life rafts and the Israeli pilots were told to shoot up the life rafts !!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kjOH1XMAwZA

  37. This would be another false flag war mongering hoax created by the Jews.
    The Jew Rothschilds owns every bank and controls the governments in every country except 5. Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Russia are the only ones who refuse the Jewish embezzling scheme World Banks. What countries are in the news about being bombed? Israhell also wants to take over the Middle East for the land grabbing scheme "Greater Israhell". Syria has the largest oil deposits and Israhell is stealing it. GAZA/Palestine has massive Natural Gas pockets and Israhell wants to steal it also.
    ISIS is an acronym for Israeli Security Intelligence Service, a division of Israeli MOSSAD Agents. The leaders is a Jew named Elliot Shimon aka Simon Elliot.
    Israhell and their puppet countries have a long list of false flags to create wars. Remember the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that were used as a guise to justify war….. yet no weapons were ever found !
    Research the USS Liberty which was bombed by Israhell yet Egypt was blamed.
    98% of the entire world's media is Jewish owned and used to mind condition the viewers.
    There is a good reason most all of the world does not trust or believe the Jews.
    There is a good reason they have been kicked out of 113 countries and counting.
    The Jew banks fund wars and reap massive profits from them.
    Follow the money trail as it leads right to a Jew.

  38. Thts how intelligent work done
    Dumbs as usually…no wonder thy cant even convince their ally with such a crappy evidence

  39. Mko terrorist organization backed by USA, executed this operation with the cordination of Saudi_Uae and USA to blame Iran for the attack

  40. Support for Iran from EU. Iran is the nation that didn't attack for 600 years except the Iraq war which was a self defense.

  41. Trump has no credibility and by association nor does anyone in his administration. I trust Iran over Trump

  42. Why wasn't it mentioned that Iranians provided critical first response to the ships crew and brought them to the shore for medical assistance? Why are such acts that make a country appear humane but are facts not revealed to the people?

  43. We have better quality tapes of Trump bragging about sexual assault on women but are ready to go to war based on a highly edited 144p video. This is MAGA?

  44. If Saddam Hussein was the one who attacked the British ship, the world would fight Iraq and the British and the Americans would attack Iraq with nuclear bombs.
    I have never seen in my life hatred of the British and the Americans against Iraq
    Curse on America and English sons of adultery

  45. I think that America drone is not without bomb even its making vedeo and Iran never denay its works. I love Iran and Iran people are victims of Iran and iraq war, the sadam is showering harmful chemicals weapons with their european friends assistance to make harmful chemicals weapons factory and sadam is not stop by the United NATION. Iran win war without using chemicals weapons and enriched uranium resources for nuclear power plants. America has heroes that destroy the hero_shima from uranium bomb and these heroes might be not taken order from adolf hitler for their mission

  46. It's not Iran that attacked the oil tanker ship. It's like USS Liberty that was shot by the Israelis but blamed Egypt. History repeats itself

  47. This is another false flag by the American government so they can feed the war machines while the American people are starving or need better healthcare

  48. Main stream media with the propaganda again, pushing for war !!! Bunch of war mongers. The U.S desperate for war with Iran, that way they can steal all their natural resources and bring Iran to its knees by putting sanctions on Iranian citizens. Can they just be left alone. I thought the U.S was fighting Terrorist groups in the Middle East, ohhh wait thatโ€™s right we actually fund them through the alliance with Saudi Arabia ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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