The seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero shows the difficulty of defending international shipping from Iranian threats.
The seizure of the British ship suggests a new front in Tehran’s resistance to expanding sanctions by the Trump administration.
The latest incident comes as tensions rise again in the Persian Gulf, a month after Trump threatened to attack Iran for destroying an American drone.
The action against the drone is just the latest confrontation in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf.
The seizure of the tanker transporting Iranian oil to Syria heightened tensions surrounding the unraveling Iran nuclear deal and the safety of shipping in the Persian Gulf.
The detention of the ship near Gibraltar is the first such seizure under E.U. sanctions targeting supplies to Syria.
They are falling ill by the hundreds in the remote desert camp where they are confined.
Hundreds may still be living with the militants — and in some cases have grown to love them.
Even after the defeat of its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State still wreaks havoc.
The U.S., Russia, Iran, Syria and a host of proxy forces are in a high-stakes race to seize territory.