Iran vessels “harass,” make “high speed intercept” of US warship near Strait of Hormuz


The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on a war footing against the United States since 1979. The Iran nuclear deal only emboldened it. Iranian vessels regularly confront U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, while the Obama administration tries to downplay these incidents so as to mislead Americans into thinking that Iran is achieving a rapprochement with the United States.

The details of Iran’s ongoing war activities against the United States are unknown to most Americans — find them out in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.

USS Nitze

“Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official,” by Idrees Ali, Reuters, August 24, 2016:

Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington’s concerns about Iran’s posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was “unsafe and unprofessional.”

The vessels harassed the destroyer by “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official said.

IRGC, the Islamic Republic’s praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran’s borders and appears to be sticking to a familiar posture in the Gulf that predates last year’s nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

The United States and other countries are concerned about Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ballistic missile program, and its backing for Shiite militias that have abused civilians in Iraq.

The U.S. defense official said that in Tuesday’s incident the USS Nitze tried to communicate with the Iranian vessels 12 times, but received no response. It also fired 10 flares in the direction of two of the Iranian vessels.

“The Iranian high rate of closure… created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze,” the official said.

USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, the official said, adding that the incident could have led to a diplomatic protest, but the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran….

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