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Will Iran Attack The US? Strait Of Hormuz Intensifies As Navy Destroyer Fires Warning Shots Toward Speeding Ships

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The U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Squall (PC 7) steams in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy picture taken January 14, 2015. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez/Handout via Reuters

The following is an excerpt from Chris Riotta | January 9, 2017 | ibtimes.com |

The USS Mahan, a U.S. Navy destroyer nicknamed "built to fight," fired three warning shots Sunday toward four Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, a politically strategic and often disputed strait between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The incident was spurred after the four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ships sped toward the Navy warship, seemingly out of nowhere, while failing to respond to U.S. officials repeated requests for them to slow down, Reuters reported Monday morning.

The USS Mahan fired its three warning shots toward the Iranian vessels after the four ships came within 900 yards. The Navy was attempting to make contact with the Iranian vessels after they began encroaching on the U.S. warship at an atypical rate, Reuters reported. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responded to the Navy’s radio communication, but would not adhere to requests for the vessels to stop speeding toward the destroyer. A U.S. Navy helicopter responded by dropping a smoke float as the USS Mahan began firing warning flares, all while the four ships reportedly continued asking questions to U.S. officials.

As of Monday morning, it remained unclear exactly what communication transpired between the two nation’s vessels before the USS Mahan fired three warning shots toward Iran’s ships. Multiple officials spoke on conditions on anonymity, noting the U.S. destroyer was escorting two other U.S. military ships at the time of the incident, Reuters reported.

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