Robert F. Worth
New York Times
August 6, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Investigators in the United Arab Emirates have concluded that a terrorist attack caused the mysterious damage a Japanese oil tanker suffered last week as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow channel that serves as a passageway for shipping crude oil from the Middle East to the rest of the world.

If confirmed, the attack would be the first of its kind in the volatile strait, which has long been a focal point for tensions with Iran, just across the water from the Arabian Peninsula. The Emirati claim instantly fanned worries about shipping security in the strait, and the possibility that jihadist groups would begin attacking tankers in an effort to destabilize the international economy.

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About 17 million barrels of oil a day pass through the strait, close to 40 percent of the oil shipped by tankers worldwide.

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