DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Iran Seizes American Oil Tanker in the Sea of Oman Amidst Rising Tensions

Iran Seizes American Oil Tanker in the Sea of Oman Amidst Rising Tensions

In a recent development, the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has reported the seizure of an American oil tanker in the Sea of Oman, citing a court order. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) identified the vessel as the Marshall Islands-flagged St Nikolas, disclosing that it was boarded around 7:30 am (0330 GMT) off Sohar in Oman and subsequently altered its course towards Bandar-e-Jask in Iran.

According to information from Ambrey, a British maritime risk company, the tanker, formerly known by another name, had previously faced legal action and fines for transporting Iranian oil, an incident where the cargo was confiscated by US authorities. Ambrey noted that Iran has a history of taking action against entities it accuses of collaborating with the United States.

The seized vessel had been loaded with 145,000 tonnes of crude oil in Basra, Iraq, with a planned destination of Aliaga in Turkey via the Suez Canal, as indicated by the Greece-based management company Empire Navigation overseeing the tanker. This latest incident adds to the growing tensions in the region, highlighting the complex geopolitical dynamics at play in the maritime domain.

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On this day, 2004, the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, under the control of American forces, was attacked without clear reason, leading to the death of 22 detainees. During the American invasion of Iraq, military personnel and CIA forces committed numerous human rights violations against detainees, including physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, and murder. 

في مثل هذا اليوم من عام 2004، تعرضت السجن المشهور أبو غريب، تحت سيطرة القوات الأمريكية، لهجوم دون سبب واضح، مما أدى إلى مقتل 22 معتقلاً. خلال الغزو الأمريكي للعراق، ارتكب الشخصيات العسكرية وقوات وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية العديد من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ضد المعتقلين، بما في ذلك الإيذاء الجسدي والجنسي، والتعذيب، والاغتصاب، والقتل. 

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