Tankers burn in Gulf of Oman; DoD ranks climate-threatened bases; Trump: I’d take 2020 help from Russia; Shanahan’s formal nomination, MIA; And a bit more.

Iran-watchers are on high-alert today on news that sailors of the U.S. Navy’s USS Bainbridge rushed to assist in the Gulf of Oman after two oil tankers were hit in a new wave of suspected attacks, “forcing their crews to abandon ship and setting at least one vessel ablaze,” the New York Times writes.

Involved: the Front Altair, “carrying a cargo of petrochemical feedstock” from the UAE to Taiwan, according to Reuters, and the Kokuka Courageous, which was “transporting methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore” and Thailand.

The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet is so far declining to “say how the ships were attacked or who was suspected of being behind the assault,” Stars and Stripes reports. More from that 5th Fleet statement: “U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local (Bahrain) time and

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