Iran seized a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
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Just after 1 p.m. local time, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy seized a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker while it was passing through international waters.
“The oil tanker issued a distress call during the seizure. U.S. 5th Fleet is monitoring the situation,” the U.S. Navy said.