[Ed. – Although some of this was happening during the Trump years, it was done by subterfuge, and thus accomplished less. Now the Iranian tankers under U.S. sanctions are passing through the Suez Canal flying the Iranian flag, and are overtly heading for Syria once in the Mediterranean. I never expected the Biden administration to continue enforcing the sanctions, whether they were lifted or not — and in this case, it appears the enforcement effort is zero. To the extent the oil enables Syria to support Hezbollah and other ops that threaten Israel, this will result in the IDF attacking more Syrian (and possibly Hezbollah) arms infrastructure.]
According to a civilian naval intelligence firm, there are four vessels with more than 3 million barrels combined on their way to the Baniyas oil refinery, near the Mediterranean coast.
A satellite photo captured two days ago over the southern section of the Red Sea shows four vessels: Arman 114, Sam 121, Daran and Romina.
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The Arman 114 is formerly known as the Adrian Darya 1 [before that the Grace 1. – Ed.], a vessel in the center of the U.S.-Iran standoff in the summer of 2019. It was sanctioned by the Trump administration in August 2019, following its attempts to transfer the oil to Syria.