US Central Command said the Iranian military boarded a Liberian-flagged oil tanker on August 12, releasing footage which they said showed a helicopter involved in the incident. Two ships were also involved, the US said.
The AP reported, citing a US official, that the MV Wila was held for approximately five hours before it was released. The US military monitored the situation but was not involved further, Reuters said.
In July 2019, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, before releasing it in September that year. Credit: U.S. Central Command via Storyful