Tanker attacks in the Gulf

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I find this story both peculiar and concerning (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-48633016).

I cannot see any reason why Iran would flagrantly provoke the US knowing that Bolton (whispering in Trump's ear) is spoiling for a flight. I can see why Saudi Arabia, or possibly Israel, would find it very useful if the US and Iran were to come to actual blows (particularly the Saudis). But there may be rogue elements in the Republican Guard who would like to see how far the US and international community can be pushed before they bite.

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I find the mine story interesting as they are well above the water line making it extremely difficult for a diver to install and can't imagine being able to get along side a tanker with a boat
The video showing the Iranian's removing something doesn't show the boat pull along side before hand