[Ed. – Iran acknowledges the attack; says it was limpet mines. Other sources were saying a missile. U.S. hastened to quaver out “Wasn’t us!” The Israelis are the obvious suspects, and as always, they’re not talking. (My article on the ship — Saviz, a converted commercial cargo ship — from 2018.) This comes after a campaign by the Biden administration to “out” covert Israeli efforts to sabotage fuel deliveries from Iran to Syria — fuel that enables Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria to hold Israel at risk and attempt attacks on her. More later.]
An Iranian ship reportedly linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been attacked in the Red Sea, according to maritime analysis firm Dryad Global.
The Saviz has been referred to as a “mothership” of the IRGC’s naval arm and was described in a Washington Institute for Near East Policy report as a spy ship disguised as a cargo vessel. …
Last month, Iran accused Israel of conducting a campaign of sabotage against its vessels, including oil tankers.
In turn, Israel blamed Iran for sabotaging a commercial vessel, the Helios Ray, which was damaged by limpet mines on February 28.
Iran's IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency confirms the attack, quotin its military sources as saying that the explosion in Saviz ship has been caused by limpet mines https://t.co/iJXIfAIy6s
— Reza Khaasteh (@Khaaasteh) April 6, 2021
U.S. officials tell Reuters that the United States did not carry out the attack. https://t.co/Hqu0eBkRcN
— Idrees Ali (@idreesali114) April 6, 2021