Iranian smugglers gather next to boats loaded with sheep at the Omani port of Khasab

 
Iranian smugglers gather next to boats loaded with sheep at the Omani port of Khasab
Iranian smugglers gather next to boats loaded with sheep at the Omani port of Khasab September 26, 2012. Until recently the Iranian boats and their fearless young skippers escorted several cargoes a day across the narrow Strait of Hormuz - loaded with everything from soft drinks to mobile phones and cosmetics - bought in the flourishing trading centres of the United Arab Emirates and sold to merchants in Iran. The proximity of Iran to the UAE and Oman and their historic trade and finance links have supported thriving trade, which in recent years has undermined the impact of economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies on Tehran - until now. Picture taken September 26, 2012. To match Feature OMAN-SMUGGLING/ REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (OMAN - Tags: MARITIME BUSINESS ANIMALS POLITICS)