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I'd like to ask about the limpet mines supposedly used on the oil tankers, but I think this might run afoul of the 'no current events' rule.

So my question here: Is there a way to phrase my disbelief that the small green round object photographed on the tanker was indeed a part of a known design of limpet mine, or that the holes punched are in any way similar to those punched by portable limpet mines, in such a way as to steer clear of the actual 'current event' that is the US/Iran brouhaha?

The 'event' of those mines being deployed, exploded, recovered and photographed is done, after all. I am not after a whodunit, the answers to which might change, but rather I am after facts about existing designs for limpet mines, as opposed to the photographic evidence from the tankers.

Bonus question: If there is no way around it here, what do you think would be the most appropriate SE site to ask about this?

  • Six to eight weeks – fredsbend Jun 20 at 6:45
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I am not after a whodunit, the answers to which might change, but rather I am after facts about existing designs for limpet mines, as opposed to the photographic evidence from the tankers.

Then you want experts on those things. I don't know of an SE site that covers that. There's no Military Explosives SE.

On this site, that question is a proxy for "whodunit", ipso facto off-topic due to the no current events rule.

So how long should you wait? Hard to say with this kind of thing. At least until the media buzz ends.

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While it may be off-topic here, the geopolitical angle to this is probably in scope on Politics SE.

If you know (now) that it's off-topic here, I think it's safe to ask on Politics SE provided that you don't ask in a way to verify the claim but instead focus the question on what evidence is out there. Also, include a link to this meta question in your question there so users won't push you to ask here instead.

If you include whatever research you have, I don't it will be poorly received by down votes. At worst, it will be closed as speculation (which is a close reason on Politics.SE), and at best you get a well-researched (but probably non-conclusive) answer.

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