US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Vessel in Persian Gulf

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  The Pentagon confirmed shots were fired in the Persian Gulf today after the Iranian craft came within 150ft
DS The Pentagon confirmed shots were fired in the Persian Gulf today after the Iranian craft came within 150ft
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26 July, 2017

The USS Thunderbolt, a Navy patrol craft, was conducting a coalition exercise in the worldwide waters when the Iranian vessel approached, according to the Navy.

A US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots Tuesday at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat in the Persian Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel, officials said.

This episode is only the latest in a series of clashes between american ships and vessels iranians.

The video shows the Iranian boat coming near the bow of the U.S. ship, which the Navy said was within 150 yards.

"The Iranian vessel's actions were not in accordance with the internationally recognized".

It happened at around 03:00 local time (00:00 GMT), as the Iranian ship began to approach the USS Thunderbolt.

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Of the incidents a year ago, the worst involved Iranian forces capturing 10 USA sailors and holding them overnight.

On April 26, the U.S. Navy confirmed that a U.S. guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel.

The U.S. Navy recorded 35 instances of what it describes as "unsafe and/or unprofessional" interactions with Iranians forces in 2016, compared to 23 in 2015. Iran and the USA frequently have tense naval encounters in the Persian Gulf.

Both countries are involved in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria but back different factions, The U.S.is also a key ally of Iran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia, which supports forces that regularly clash with Iran-backed movements in Syria and Yemen.

Naval incidents with Iran are not entirely unusual, though ones involving shots fired are.

The boats had been on their way from Kuwait to Bahrain and experienced engine trouble, according to the U.S. Navy.


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