State ac­tor behind ‘so­phis­ti­cated’ tanker at­tack: UAE

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - TIT BITS -

(REUTERS), 6 JUNE, NEW-YORK

2019 The United Arab Emi­rates told United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­bers on Thurs­day that at­tacks on four tankers off its coast on May 12 bore the hall­marks of a “so­phis­ti­cated and co­or­di­nated oper­a­tion,” most likely by a state ac­tor. In a doc­u­ment on the brief­ing to Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­bers, the UAE, joined by Norway and Saudi Ara­bia, did not say who it be­lieved was behind the at­tacks and did not men­tion Iran, which has been ac­cused by the United States of be­ing di­rectly re­spon­si­ble.

The at­tacks re­quired ex­pert nav­i­ga­tion of fast boats and trained divers who likely placed limpet mines with a high de­gree of pre­ci­sion on the ves­sels un­der the wa­ter­line to in­ca­pac­i­tate but not sink them, ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary find­ings of the coun­tries’ joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“While in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on­go­ing, th­ese facts are strong in­di­ca­tions that the four at­tacks were part of a so­phis­ti­cated and co­or­di­nated oper­a­tion car­ried out by an ac­tor with sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity, most likely a state ac­tor,” the three coun­tries said in the doc­u­ment.

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