First incident between US and Iranian vessels in Strait of Hormuz

Posted on January 14, 2012


­Video released by the US Department of Defense shows armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats approaching the USS New Orleans at high speed. The boats came within several hundred yards of the amphibious transport ship and did not react to warnings, Interfax reports. A similar incident occurred off the coast of Kuwait as another Revolutionary Guard boat with guns clearly visible trailed a US Coast Guard ship. Although both incidents occurred on January 6, the information was only released on Saturday. The provocative maneuvers came as Tehran threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if the US and EU impose sanctions against Iranian oil exports over its alleged nuclear weapons program. With one-sixth of the world’s oil passing through the strait, fears of potential clashes between Iran and the US have grown as the US has considerably increased its troop presence in Kuwait to 15,000 over the last few weeks.


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