Iran blasts Britain's 'piracy' after Royal Marines detain oil tanker in Gibraltar

"America & our allies will continue to prevent regimes in Tehran & Damascus from profiting off this illicit trade," Bolton said on Twitter.

The drama began when a specialist team from the Royal Marines Maritime Operations Unit swooped on the 330 meter super-tanker as it paused to take on supplies off Gibraltar overnight. 

The 30 commandos inserted on a Pacific 24 high-speed boat and by fast-roping from a Wildcat helicopter, allowing 16 Royal Gibraltar Police officers to search the vessel in a safe manner. 

The operation was over in minutes with no shots fired. Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's Chief Minister, said he authorised the assault and a police request for Royal Marine assistance because he believed the ship was bound for the Baniyas refinery in Syria.  

"That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria," he said. 

The foreign minister of Spain said Britain had acted as the request of the United States. 

Josep Borrell, the Spanish ....

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