The US troops are assisting an Israeli oil tanker that has been, allegedly, attacked by a drone this week, the US military said on Saturday.
A Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that was attacked on Thursday, is being escorted by the US Navy aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, US Central Command said in a statement.
“US Navy explosives experts are aboard to ensure there is no additional danger to the crew, and are prepared to support an investigation into the attack,” Central Command said.
US and European sources which are possessing the details of the attack on Mercer Street are inclined to think that Iran is behind the assault, which took two lives, a British veteran and a Romanian citizen.
A day earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid confidently accused Iran of the deadly attack and said that a harsh response to this attack must be given. Being strict, Lapid blames Iran for “terrorism”, saying it carries a threat to “all of us”. He added on Twitter:
“Iran repeatedly errs in understanding our commitment to protecting ourselves and our interests.”
The Iranian television network, Al Alam TV, citing unnamed sources, said that the attack on the vessel came as a response to a suspected, unspecified Israeli offensive on Dabaa airport in Syria.
Since former President of the US Donald Trump has reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018 and withdrew from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, tensions in the Gulf region have considerably risen.