Tanker attacks Gulf of Oman

OT but kicking off in Iraq. I've been following it for a few days, but today apparently the govt has switched off the internet and has opened fire. Protesting in most of the provinces AFAIK.

 
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Volume Warning.

Still a bit frisky in Iraq. PM making an announcement imminently, possibly resignation.

 
Big if true

 
"Saad Al Muttalibi, Member of Baghdad's Local Government discusses Iraq Protests, Response of security forces firing live rounds on protesters, several killed and injured,"

This also shows a tweet from the PM which it is suggested few of the protesters had the opportunity to read because the Internet was stopped.
 
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Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said the protests "pose the biggest challenge yet to Abdul Mahdi, but it's unclear how he can stop the outpouring of anger against his rule, with no apparent leaders of protesters to negotiate with." Iraq's PM calls for talks as thousands of protesters defy curfew

She's brave. The PM's address to the nation was a peace offering, but I'm seeing reports that Iranian Guards are acting as his bodyguards, which I'm trying to verify. The presence or supposed presence of Iran agitators there is now one of the main things they're kicking off about.

Anyways, this is apparently a breakdown of what the PM said:

-Provide salary for families without income
-Provide houses
-Free arrested protesters
-Demand government reshuffle
-Work on meeting aspiration of protesters thru committees
Iraq PM:
- We sacked 1000 employees over corruption (no mention of corrupted politicians).
- Iraq has good foreign relations


He then ordered the internet and power shut down again, apparently.
 
 
Pity I don't speak Arabic. What a cracker on AlArabiya. Click on the image for full size screen image.
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There seems to be an overview followed by a discussion with a panel of three.


On one of the previous posts, it was mentioned that Iraq parliament is based on that of Britain but suggested that this model does not work for Iraq. <cough> Opinions vary as to what the outcome will be over coming days but there is some thought that things will calm down after the venting of built up anger. There seems an understanding of the issues but the complainants lack faith in progress of any kind, anytime soon unless there is change.
 
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Pity I don't speak Arabic. What a cracker on AlArabiya. Click on the image for full size screen image.
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There seems to be an overview followed by a discussion with a panel of three.


On one of the previous posts, it was mentioned that Iraq parliament is based on that of Britain but suggested that this model does not work for Iraq. <cough> Opinions vary as to what the outcome will be over coming days but there is some thought that things will calm down after the venting of built up anger. There seems an understanding of the issues but the complainants lack faith in progress of any kind, anytime soon unless there is change.
She'll soon be recruited for a zawaj al mutta.... The dirty bastards. You'd think it was Rotherham instead of Baghdad... ;)
 
 
This wont sound good.But,the old shia /sunni two step? If they're at eachothers throats.They aren't at ours.. (much)
Agreed. Looking bad out there, escalating every day.

From what I've seen, the protestors (insurgency?) are increasingly focusing on the Iranian element supposedly there agitating and in the govt backed militias.
 
Yikes. Watch till end.

 
Here's the CBC story on the Iranian tanker which was hit by missiles.
An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two missiles in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, near Jeddah. That would put it about half way up the Red Sea, so well away from Yemen. Damage appears to be to two storerooms, plus some sort of oil leak which has since been stopped.
Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker travelling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. (...)

Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The leak was later stopped, IRNA reported.

(...) "The oil tanker ... sustained damages to the body when it was hit by missiles 96 kilometres from the Saudi port city of Jeddah," IRNA said.
A private maritime security firm was quoted as commenting that this appears to be part of the Saudi/US versus Iran tiff.
"This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between Saudi and the U.S. and Iran," private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime warned.

"It is likely that the region, have being stable for the last month, will face another period of increasing maritime threats, as the Iranian and Saudi geopolitical stand-off continues," it added.
I can imagine a number of Saudis are busy giggling to themselves over this one. If this becomes more common however, I can imagine that operators of other traffic transiting the Red Sea are not going to be pleased at what this spreading of the conflict may do to their insurance rates, nor about the potential for some of their own ships to get hit when someone gets a target wrong.
 
Japan obviously believes that the situation in the Gulf will get no better, at least in the near term. Interesting that the JMSDF assets won't serve as part of the coalition effort though, possibly due to national ROE differences and the potential for US-led unpleasantness with Iran?

'Japan will send a military vessel and two patrol planes to help protect waterways in the Middle East but will not join a U.S.-led coalition in the region, the government said on Friday. The move comes after attacks this year on tankers in the Gulf including a Japanese tanker, as well as on Saudi Arabian oil installations. Washington, other Western states and Saudi Arabia blame the attacks on Tehran, which denies any involvement.

'Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan will send a destroyer to the region for intelligence activities along with two P3C patrol aircraft. He said 90 percent of crude oil Tokyo imports were from the region and the move is "Japan's own measure aimed at peace and stability in the Middle East as well as ensuring safety of Japan-related vessels." Japanese Defense Ministry said the patrol activities will not be deployed in the Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the global oil trade passes and where the U.S.-led coalition operates. The Self-Defense Forces (SDFs) will operate in the high seas in the Gulf of Oman, the northern Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, it said.'


 
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With the exception of counter piracy operations and humanitarian relief activities, have Japanese forces taken part in active operations since World War Two? The 'coalition' in the Gulf does have a realistic chance of exchanging shots if tensions continue or get worse.

Having forces firing shots in anger will be a huge step.
 

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