Pentagon denies US cargo ship, sailors captured by Iran – Multiple Sources

TDC Note – You be the judge. from Times of Israel US nationals may be aboard – Iranian news agency An “informed source in Iran” confirms that Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf that is flying a Marshall Islands flag, “but is owned by the US,” the Iranian FARS news agency reports. “The ship is a trade vessel and has been seized by the Iranian navy at the request of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization,” FARS quotes the unnamed Iranian source as saying on Tuesday. “The ship was seized after a relevant court order was issued for its confiscation,” the source is quoted as saying, indicating that the Iran Ports and Maritime Organization has monetary differences with the ship owner. According to the FARS report, there could be American nationals among the crew. LIVE Updates>>> *************__________________________________________________________________________________________************ from BBC US military ‘monitoring’ Iran ship seizure Pentagon officials say the US is monitoring the seizure by Iran of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship. The MV Maersk Tigris was moving through Iranian waters in the Straits of Hormuz, according to the Pentagon. Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bow of the boat before it was ordered deeper into Iranian waters, the Pentagon said. A US naval destroyer has been ordered to the region to “monitor” the situation. US aircraft were also ordered to the area to “observe the interaction” between the Maersk vessel and Iranian forces. There are no reports of any injuries from the incident. Initial media reports suggested the vessel was a US cargo ship but US officials denied this and said no Americans were on board.

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