Investigators are not sure exactly what tore the ten-foot hole in the hull of the Andrea Victory, a Norwegian oil tanker, as it anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
One theory is that scuba divers swam through the dark waters of the Gulf of Oman and planted explosive charges on the ship, as well as a Saudi tanker and two other vessels.
Another possibility is that underwater drones darted between the giant oil tankers and struck them from below. Either way, Western officials are increasingly convinced they know who was behind it.
“The Iranians are lucky this didn’t go better,” one said. “If a Saudi oil tanker went down we could be looking at war.”
Severe enough to cause alarm,…
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