Oil Tankers Attacked, Gulf of Oman

U.S. defense officials now say additional Navy ships will be deployed to the Middle East after two oil tankers were attacked in the gulf of Oman.

Both ships were civilian targets, one owned by a Japanese company and the other by a Norwegian company.

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is to blame for the two attacks, releasing a video of Iranian navy boats removing an unexploded mine from the Japanese tanker.

U.S. defense officials believe the Iranians wanted to recover evidence of their alleged involvement in the attack.

It’s the same type of mine suspected in the attacks of four other ships in the same region less than a month ago.

President Trump now says he will keep a close eye on the situation.

All six attacks have been along the most important route in the world for the oil trade.