In Latest Provocation, Iranian Vessel “Harasses” Another US Ship In Persian Gulf
- It’s either Iranian provocation or US naval ship infringing on Iran’s territory trying to provoke a war.
- In Latest Provocation, Iranian Vessel “Harasses” Another US Ship In Persian Gulf
by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
If it was Obama’s intention to appease Iran and telegraph that the US would accept any provocative activity by Tehran, especially after it was confirmed that the Obama administration paid $400 million in ransom cash to secure the release of 4 US hostages in early 2016, then he has succeeded: moments ago Reuters reported that yet another U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after a fast-attack craft from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it in the central Gulf on Sunday, two U.S. Defense Department officials told Reuters on Tuesday.
It was at least the fourth such incident in less than a month. U.S. officials are concerned that these actions by Iran could lead to mistakes.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Iranian vessel sailed directly in front of the USS Firebolt, forcing the 174-foot (53-metre) U.S. ship to change course. As in all previous such close encounters over the past monhs, the interaction was deemed “unsafe and unprofessional due to lack of communications and the close-range harassing maneuvering,” one of the officials said, adding that uncovered and manned weapons were seen on the Iranian vessel.
The U.S. ship tried to communicate with the Iranian ship by radio three times but received no response.
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