Iranian state media has reported a confrontation between a US vessel and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Gulf of Oman. In a short dispatch on Wednesday, the IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency claimed the Iranian side had foiled attempted “piracy and theft of Iranian oil” by the US.
Fars reported: “The United States confiscated a tanker carrying Iranian oil exports in the waters of the Gulf of Oman, transferred its oil shipment to another tanker, and directed it to an unknown destination. At the same time the heroes of the IRGC navy, in an airborne operation onto the deck of the tanker, captured the tanker and directed it into Iranian territorial waters.
“The American terrorist forces then pursued the tanker using several helicopters and warships, but failed with the decisive and authoritative entry of IRGC heroes.” Fars claimed that US forces had tried to block the tanker a second time, but failed to catch it before it finally entered Iranian waters.
The report promised a video of the incident would soon be released. US authorities have yet to comment.