Iranian forces on Wednesday dispatched an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, video released by the US Central Command showed.
The arrest of the tanker, known as “Wila,” took place in international waters, Central Command wrote on its Twitter.
Iranian forces include two ships and a helicopter “Sea King” of Iran. Video from Central Command showed helicopters approaching and landing soldiers aboard oil tankers.
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Michelle Wiese Bockmann, a marine expert, wrote that the ship was linked to the Greek owner and traveled under the Liberian flag.
Iran has not publicly commented on the matter.
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The report, if confirmed, could spark tensions in the region that simmered last year after Iran seized two British tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.