Security companies say there is a suspicious item on an oil tanker away from Iraq

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Maritime security companies say a suspicious object has been found on the hull of an oil tanker off the coast of Iraq in the Persian Gulf.

Companies say officials fear it could be a limpet mine on Mt Pola, although a Liberian flag-waving tanker was receiving aid from Basra in the closed Persian Gulf on Thursday.

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Two companies, Embray Intelligence and Dryad Global, say the investigation is ongoing.

The United Kingdom Marine Trade, an organization under Britain’s Royal Navy, says it is aware of the situation there, without elaborating.

U.S. The Navy’s 5th Fleet, which patrols the Mediast, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The incident was reported by Iran and the U.S. In the midst of intense tensions, in 2019, the U.S. blamed Iran for a series of limpet mine attacks on oil tankers near the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of all the world’s oil passes. Iran denies involvement.