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    Iran's Navy on Monday foiled pirate attacks on an Iranian oil tanker in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden

    Iran Thwarts Pirate Attacks on Oil Tanker: Reports

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    Iran's Navy on Monday foiled pirate attacks on an Iranian oil tanker in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Tehran-based news agency Mehrnews reported.

    MOSCOW, December 29 (Sputnik) — The news outlet said that the oil tanker was attacked by eight private vessels. The tanker, however, was rescued.

    The attack came at a time when Iran was engaged in large-scale military drills that started on December 25, according to Mehrnews.

    According to the Fars News Agency, Iran has been patrolling the Gulf of Aden against pirate attacks since November 2008, when Somali pirates hijacked MV Delight — an Iranian cargo ship — close to Yemen.

    The current military drills of Iran cover an area of 850,000 square miles. The drills will also be conducted west of the Strait of Hormuz, which is a strategically important place used to transport oil from the Persian Gulf to other countries.

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