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    Irans largest warship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The largest warship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, the latest calamity to strike one of the country’s vessels in recent years amid tensions with the West.


    The blaze began around 2:25 a.m. and firefighters tried to contain it, the Fars news agency reported, but their efforts failed to save the 207-meter (679-foot) Kharg, which was used to resupply other ships in the fleet at sea and conduct training exercises. State media reported 400 sailors and trainee cadets on board fled the vessel, with 33 suffering injuries.


    The ship sank near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. Satellite photos from Planet Labs Inc. analyzed by The Associated Press showed the Kharg off Jask with no sign of a fire as late as 11 a.m. Tuesday.


    Photos circulated on Iranian social media showed sailors wearing life jackets evacuating the vessel as a fire burned behind them. Fars published video of thick, black smoke rising from the ship early Wednesday morning. Satellites from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that track fires from space detected a blaze near Jask that started just before the time of the fire reported by Fars.


    Iranian officials offered no cause for the fire aboard the Kharg, though they said an investigation had begun.

    Meanwhile, a massive fire broke out Wednesday night at the oil refinery serving Iran’s capital, sending thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries or what caused the blaze at the Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co., though temperatures in the capital reached nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and hot summer weather in Iran has caused fires in the past.


    The fire Wednesday aboard the Kharg warship follows a series of mysterious explosions that began in 2019 targeting commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. Navy accused Iran of targeting the ships with limpet mines, timed explosives typically attached by divers to a vessel’s hull.


    Iran denied that, though U.S. Navy footage showed Revolutionary Guard members removing one unexploded limpet mine from a ship. The attacks came amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Negotiations on saving the accord continue in Vienna.


    In April, an Iranian ship called the MV Saviz believed to be a Guard base and anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen was targeted in an attack suspected to have been carried out by Israel. It escalated a yearslong shadow war in the Mideast between the two countries, ranging from strikes in Syria, assaults on ships and attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

    The Israeli prime minister’s office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday regarding the Kharg. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the U.S. was aware of the loss of the ship, but declined to comment further.


    State TV and semiofficial news agencies on Wednesday referred to the Kharg, named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran, as a “training ship.” The vessel often hosted cadets from the Imam Khomeini Naval University on the Caspian Sea.


    Like much of Iran’s major military hardware, the Kharg dated back to before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The warship, built in Britain and launched in 1977, entered the Iranian navy in 1984 after lengthy negotiations. That aging military equipment has seen fatal accidents as recently as Tuesday, when a malfunction in the ejector seats of an Iranian F-5 dating back to before the revolution killed two pilots while the aircraft was parked in a hangar.


    In recent months, the navy converted a slightly larger commercial tanker called the Makran to use it as a mobile launch platform for helicopters. The Kharg also could launch helicopters on a smaller scale.


    But the newer vessel likely can’t fill the role of the Kharg, which could handle both refueling and replenishing supplies of ships at sea, said Mike Connell of the Center for Naval Analysis, an Arlington, Virginia-based federally funded nonprofit that works for the U.S. government.


    The Kharg also was seaworthy enough to sail through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea and into South Asia in the past and could lift heavy cargo.


    “For the regular Iranian navy, this vessel was very valuable because it gave them reach,” Connell said. “That allowed them to conduct operations far afield. They do have other logistics vessels, but the Kharg was kind of the most capable and the largest.”


    The sinking of the Kharg marks the latest naval disaster for Iran. In 2020, during an Iranian military training exercise, a missile mistakenly struck a naval vessel near Jask, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15. Also in 2018, an Iranian navy destroyer sank in the Caspian Sea.


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    nice work by the boys at mossad.

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    That’s a bugger for Iran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Iranian officials offered no cause for the fire aboard the Kharg, though they said an investigation had begun.
    ...I hope the investigators can understand Hebrew...

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    Israel and Iran are so close to a real war. This stuff with Hamas and Gaza is just a scrimmage.

    Iran is a difficult business partner for Russia. Russia will not get in the way of a war with Iran and Israel or the US.

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    It was a Navy support ship - smoke from the horizon








    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Israel and Iran are so close to a real war. This stuff with Hamas and Gaza is just a scrimmage.

    Iran is a difficult business partner for Russia. Russia will not get in the way of a war with Iran and Israel or the US.

    Are you now a human headline? Iran won't go into a full and direct conflict with Israel and to think so is imbecilic.


    Have a look at the following and explain why. You have two minutes to think:


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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    nice work by the boys at mossad.
    Mossad can sit back and watch on this occasion. The Iranian Navy has a penchant for losing the death traps it puts to sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    That’s a bugger for Iran.
    An old boat, insured by company and documents issued in;

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Hebrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    An old boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    It was a Navy support ship - smoke from the horizon











    Are you now a human headline? Iran won't go into a full and direct conflict with Israel and to think so is imbecilic.


    Have a look at the following and explain why. You have two minutes to think:

    Excuse me? If the US could easily take over Iran and manage the country , they would have done it a long time ago

    The Insider - US loses war games in simulated conflict with Iran

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    ^SOURCE: BBC News 24 (UK), "US 'loses' war games", 19 September 2004.

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    It's not to say that Irans military is so great. It's not. It's just a tricky region. If John Bolton and Netanyahu couldn't find a way to make it work , nobody will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Excuse me? If the US could easily take over Iran and manage the country , they would have done it a long time ago
    I guess the two minutes was far too long for you to think of a coherent response.


    I'll try again and type slower and in a 'happy font:



    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Israel and Iran are so close to a real war.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Iran won't go into a full and direct conflict with Israel and to think so is imbecilic.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Have a look at the following and explain why.
    Ok, now here is the picture that should tell you why they won't get into a 'real war':



    Think hard . . . what is stopping Iran from entering into a full-out war against Israel? Look at the picture. Think. Think. Think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Think. Think. Think.
    ...stand back!...challenging the handicapped causes them to urinate...

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    BBC News 24 (UK), "US 'loses' in war games vs Iran", 19 September 2004.

    ^ That's what Panama skat calls an iron clad deterrence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    BBC News 24 (UK), "US 'loses' in war games vs Iran", 19 September 2004.
    Another shit post by one of the forums morons.

    The US would steamroll Iran the same it did in Iraq. The Iranian Army would be flattened in days and there would be Abrams tanks in Tehran the same as there was in Baghdad. The Iranian nation state would then collapse the same is Iraq's did.

    Then the guerilla war would begin the same as it did in Iraq with jihadis flooding in to fight America. It would be another never ending conflict until the US pulled out, the result would be the same as it was in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Another shit post by one of the forums morons.

    The US would steamroll Iran the same it did in Iraq. The Iranian Army would be flattened in days and there would be Abrams tanks in Tehran the same as there was in Baghdad. The Iranian nation state would then collapse the same is Iraq's did.

    Then the guerilla war would begin the same as it did in Iraq with jihadis flooding in to fight America. It would be another never ending conflict until the US pulled out, the result would be the same as it was in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Actually I think the jihadis would come in to fight the Shi'a.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Another shit post by one of the forums morons.

    The US would steamroll Iran the same it did in Iraq. The Iranian Army would be flattened in days and there would be Abrams tanks in Tehran the same as there was in Baghdad. The Iranian nation state would then collapse the same is Iraq's did.

    Then the guerilla war would begin the same as it did in Iraq with jihadis flooding in to fight America. It would be another never ending conflict until the US pulled out, the result would be the same as it was in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Do you think the powers that be in the U.S. would realise this? Or care?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    BBC News 24 (UK), "US 'loses' in war games vs Iran", 19 September 2004.
    Post less . . . you'd make more sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Do you think the powers that be in the U.S. would realise this? Or care?
    Of course, they realize it. What is the point of your question? My comment was in response to that idiot skidmark who claimed that the Iranian military would defeat the US if they invaded. His comment like most of his posts is absurd and completely ignorant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Of course, they realize it. What is the point of your question? My comment was in response to that idiot skidmark who claimed that the Iranian military would defeat the US if they invaded. His comment like most of his posts is absurd and completely ignorant.
    I never said that.

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