A U.S. destroyer steaming through the contentious Strait of Hormuz fired multiple warning shots at advancing Iranian attack boats on Monday, breaking the lull in relative calm between Washington and Tehran in the contested regional waters two weeks before the Trump administration is installed.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis characterized the Iranian move against the USS Mahan, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, as an “unsafe and unprofessional action.”
President-elect Donald Trump has made strong statements indicating that the U.S. military will take a much harder line against Iranian interests in the region. Among his warnings, he has vowed to shatter President Obama’s nuclear deal with Tehran and threatened to blow Iranian ships out of the water.
The military encounter happened a day after the death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the fathers of the 1979 Islamic Revolution who also advocated for stronger ties with the West.Read More...
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