Iranian forces requisition tanker in Persian Gulf, Centcom says

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Iranian forces requisitioned an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, a video released by the US Central Command shows.

The seizure of the tanker, called the “Wila,” took place in international waters, Central Command wrote on its Twitter post.

Iranian forces included two ships and an Iranian “Sea King” helicopter. Video from the central command shows the helicopter approaching and landing soldiers on the tanker.

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Michelle Wiese Bockmann, a maritime expert, wrote that the vessel is linked to Greek owners and sails under a Liberian flag.

Iran has not publicly commented on the matter.

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The report, if confirmed, could rekindle tensions in the region that spilled over last year after Iran seized two British tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

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