On November 16, 2017, the US Navy’s 5th Fleet launched a cruise missile strike on an Iranian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, which it claimed was transporting Iranian-owned oil.
The strike is the first of its kind by the US in the region and, in light of the Trump administration’s support for Iran, the strike has received much attention.
But in truth, the incident did not involve Iranian oil but rather a Saudi-led coalition of oil producers, including ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron, which have been accused of supporting terrorism and attempting to destabilize the region.
As the US media has documented, the attack was staged by Saudi Arabia and the US to cover up the complicity of the Saudi regime in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The attack was meant to deflect the attention of the international community from the Saudi government’s human rights abuses, including torture, murder, and other crimes committed against protesters and political activists.
The US Navy also claimed that the tanker was transporting “suspected oil tankers, possibly oil from Iranian controlled areas” in violation of international law.
The coalition of Saudi-controlled oil companies has been accused by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW) of waging a campaign of terror against peaceful protesters in Saudi Arabia.
On November 19, 2017 a coalition of countries, including the US, agreed to investigate the attack, which led to the resignation of the then-ambassador to the US from Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud al-Faisal.
On December 10, 2017 the coalition of Arab states, including Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, issued a statement calling for an international investigation into the attack.
The statement said the coalition is “seeking justice for the victims of this heinous crime, including their families and the families of the innocent bystanders.”
The US has long been an ally of the Arab coalition and has been involved in a series of proxy wars against Iran, Syria, and Iraq.
The Saudi-sponsored coalition of Sunni states, led by the United States, has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Iran since 2009, including hundreds in 2017.
The attacks have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, many of which were attributed to US-led Coalition airstrikes.
On October 30, 2018, the Obama administration announced that it would suspend military support for the coalition, which includes Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The move followed a report by the Department of Defense that concluded that the coalition was a “key member of the Iran-Iraq War that was responsible for killing at least 400,000 civilians in Iraq and over 4,000,000 Iraqis.”
In a statement, the Department described the coalition as “a major partner in the Iran policy of destabilization” and “an enemy of peace.”
The statement added that “the Coalition has long supported and provided support to extremist elements, including groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as terrorist organizations.”
The administration’s announcement followed a bipartisan group of senators, led, in part, by the Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who wrote a letter to the president that called for an investigation into “the alleged Iranian involvement in this attack and other recent attacks.”
The letter said the attack “violates international law and US national security interests.”
In February 2019, Saudi Arabia announced that the government would end the Saudi-US military alliance and the coalition would “reestablish diplomatic relations” with Iran.
The move was met with anger from the coalition members who said it would only be a “game changer” for the Middle East and that it could bring instability to the region, as the Saudi monarchy has long sought to use terrorism and destabilization as a way to impose its rule.
Saudi Arabia has long maintained a close relationship with the US and has played a key role in US military efforts in the Middle Eastern region.
In December 2017, US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and US Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, both Democrats, introduced the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2018.
The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and was designed to “ensure that the Iran nuclear deal is not a ‘game changers’ deal that allows Iran to expand its destabilizing influence and destabilize entire regions of the world.”
The bill would require the US government to assess whether Iran is a “major state sponsor of terrorism.”
In March 2018, Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Security Act of 2017, which increased sanctions on Iran for its alleged nuclear weapons program and for its support for terrorist groups in the Gulf.
The measure was intended to impose economic sanctions on Iranian companies, including banks, oil companies, and banks in the US.
In August 2018, Saudi-backed Saudi-American Oil Company (SANA) announced that they would halt oil sales to the UAE, Bahrain, and Syria and would cut off all financial aid.
SANA said the move was aimed at “trying to disrupt