Two Oil Tankers- the MT Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous have been attacked in the Persian Gulf according to multiple media outlets. While the specifics of the attack remain unclear, it is being reported that both tankers were struck by torpedoes with the Front Altair reportedly “on fire and adrift.”
Both tankers were carrying fuel en route to Singapore and Taiwan, with the Kokuka Courageous being owned by a Japanese shipping company. This attack comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Iranian leaders in Tehran. With tensions already high, UAE has laid blame on a “state actor” while not specifying who but stating, “The attacks required the expert navigation of fast boats which were able to intrude into UAE territorial waters.” That immediately suggests Iran, who uses rapidly deployed fast attack craft as a primary naval strategy.
Its all signs that a wider conflict is about to get worse. The simmering Sunni-Shia conflict manifested into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iranian-backed Houthis took a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours with a missile attack being claimed by the Shiite rebel group on an airport in the Saudi town of Abha wounding 26. While in the near term it means gas prices may go up, you need to be prepared for a larger conflict that will have major consequences in the US.