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Iran Seizes Third Tanker in the Gulf: UK Joins US in Maritime Security Mission

August 5, 2019

Episode Notes:

Iran seized another tanker, an Iraqi vessel it accused of smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf. This is the third time the Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a ship in the waterway in recent weeks as the stalemate between Iran, the U.S., and the U.K.

Michael Stephens, Research Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), joins the WarCast to explain the event and how Europe is compelled to a deeper security commitment in the Gulf in alignment with the U.S.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:53 ] Details of the latest tanker seizure
[ 2:41 ] Goals behind the pattern of disruption in the Gulf
[ 4:46 ] Why the U.K. and Europeans are driven to mirror the U.S. position
[ 9:20 ] How and when the behavior of harassment and disruption ends

Twitter: @MikeRStephens

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