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Iran Backing Down? Not so Much (Update)

John on January 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

Just a few days after I wrote a post about Iran backing off in Iraq, five Iranian boats challenged the US navy:

As three of our warships passed through the Straits of Hormuz, five small Iranian patrol craft rushed them. As the Revolutionary Guard boats neared our vessels, an Iranian officer broadcast a threat to our ships, claiming they’d soon explode.

The Iranians tossed boxes into the water. Mines? Just in case, our ships took evasive action.

The Iranians kept on coming, closing to a distance of 200 meters – about two football fields. Supposedly, our Navy was ready to open fire but didn’t shoot because the Iranians turned away at the moment the order was given.

Our response, as the article notes, was nothing. We let them get away with this pre-planned event without so much as a shot across the bow. Not a good sign.

Update: Here’s the video:

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