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Julian Lee

Iran Has Little to Gain From Oman Tanker Attacks

Regardless of whether Iran is responsible for damage to vessels in the Sea of Oman, it will still get the blame — and suffer the fallout.

Who gains what from this?

Who gains what from this?

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Two oil tankers have been damaged in a suspected attack in the waters between the United Arab Emirates and Iran as they were leaving the Persian Gulf. This is the second incident in four weeks, and raises the question of who gains what from them.

Fingers will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn’t responsible, it will still suffer the consequences.