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Israel secretly expanded its Iran fight to Iraq, and it risks igniting a much larger conflict

Israel is taking its fight against Iran's malign activities into Iraq for the first time in decades. There's a real danger that this could blow up.
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base

Another US combat drone has been shot out of the sky over war-torn Yemen

This marks the second time in three months the US has lost a drone over Yemen, and the US suspects an Iranian-backed rebel group is behind the attack.
Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria on July 20, 2019.

The Iranian supertanker detained by Britain over accusations that it was transporting oil to Syria has been released

The British Royal Marines seized the Grace 1 on July 4 on suspicion that it was smuggling Iranian oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
An AH-1Z Viper attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) takes off during a strait transit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4)

US Marines sailed through the Strait of Hormuz with an armored vehicle on the flattop’s flight deck, ready to fight off Iranian gunboats

The Marines have been experimenting with parking armored vehicles on the amphibious flight decks to better confront threats in hostile waterways.
Map showing the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf where 21 million barrels of oil pass through every day.

How the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow stretch of water where ships transport $1.2 billion worth of oil every day, is at the heart of spiraling tensions w...

The US blames Iran for two tanker explosions and a drone shooting near the Strait of Hormuz. Some 21 million barrels of oil pass through it every day.
Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria on July 20, 2019.

Iran claims UK may release captured Grace 1 oil tanker soon, suggesting Britain is close to a U-turn on the ship swap idea it previously rejected

Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's port authority, said according to state media that the UK "is interested" in releasing the Grace 1 oil tanker.

Iran is reportedly jamming ship GPS navigation systems to get them to wander into Iranian waters

Ships report "GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning," the US military says.
Two F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron approach a KC-10 Extender for refueling June 27, 2019

US Air Force F-15 fighter jets are patrolling the Persian Gulf with cluster bombs, and they may be Iranian gunboat killers

Just one of these bombs could devastate a swarm of speed boats, like the ones Iranian commandos use to harass warships and oil tankers.
HMS Montrose, which has accompanied dozens of British ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran.

Iran was able to capture a British oil tanker because it only gave the Royal Navy 1 hour’s notice to escort it, rather than 24, former UK Defenc...

Penny Mordaunt has offered insight into how Iran's Revolutionary Guard corps managed to seize the Stena Impero oil tanker in July.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif answers journalists' questions after an informal breakfast in Madrid, April 14, 2015.

Trump is sanctioning Iran’s top diplomat and it will likely make it harder to avoid military conflict

Zarif spearheaded the negotiations with the Obama administration on the 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump withdrew the US from in 2018.