The Mesdar, one of the two vessels, now appears to be free. Maritime tracking data shows it continuing on its way.
A different U.S. official says that NAVCENT has been in touch with commercial U.S. ships in the region. U.S. surveillance aircraft are flying patrols in area.
A U.S. official aware of actions in the Middle East says that tanker ships were surrounded by Iranian fast boats, then seized. Expectation is actions like this could occur for a while, given the sanctions that Iran faces.
"This is their only lever," the official assesses.
@McCainJack Just me in a couple of masks. https://t.co/wj4nzWiKFk
"Americans don't even have to make a deliberate effort to put Afghanistan out of mind. Here is a war that's being forgotten even as it is being fought." https://t.co/cTppJOZWyI
RT @SopanDeb: THIS. IS. PERFECT. JOURNALISM.
This should be shown in classrooms.
Rand Paul tries to condescend to @JvittalTV about bein…