Strait of Hormuz

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Iran Begins 1st Major Military Drill Since Trump Inauguration

Annual navy drill begins in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, state television reported. The TV report quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the two-day maneuver will cover an area of 772,000... More »

Iranian Boats ‘Harass’ US Warship

Revolutionary Guard vessels forced USS Nitze to change course, official says

(Newser) - Four Iranian boats “harassed” a US Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, ignoring orders to back off, Reuters reports. A defense official said two of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels came within 300 yards of the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze on Wednesday at a high rate of speed—... More »

US: Iran Fired Rockets Near Our Warships

Pentagon calls exercise in Strait of Hormuz 'highly provocative'

(Newser) - The US is accusing Iran of "highly provocative" actions near the Persian Gulf—with live missiles. Officials say Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels conducted a live fire exercise in the narrow Strait of Hormuz "in close proximity" to US ships over the weekend. As first reported by NBC News... More »

Iran Releases Seized Ship

MV Maersk Tigris was captured over alleged court ruling

(Newser) - Iran released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship today, Tehran's official IRNA news agency reported. The agency cited a source inside the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization, saying that the organization will issue a statement later in the day with details of the ship's release. Iranian forces seized the... More »

Navy Vessels to Accompany US Ships in Gulf

Move follows aggressive action by Iran

(Newser) - Navy ships will begin accompanying US commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran. The new policy, which has not yet officially been announced, was adopted in response to what Washington views as... More »

Iran: Seized Ship Owed Us Money

FM: 'We should not read too much into it'

(Newser) - Iran says when it fired warning shots at a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship yesterday before boarding it and hauling it off to an Iranian port, it wasn't about sabre-rattling or political posturing, but rather just a good old-fashioned money dispute. "I think we should not read too much... More »

US Navy Responds as Iran Intercepts Cargo Ship

Marshall Islands flagged ship boarded in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran is rattling sabres in the Strait of Hormuz today: Iranian warships have boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship—after firing warning shots, reports Reuters —and ordered it to "divert further into Iranian waters," adds CNN , quoting a US official. The M/V Maersk Tigris was reportedly on... More »

China Takes Over Key Pakistan Port

India alarmed by string of Chinese ports

(Newser) - China has taken over management of a major port in Pakistan in a move that gives it a potential naval base close to the Strait of Hormuz, reports Reuters . China paid most of the $248 million used to build the port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, aiming to slash... More »

Iran: Why We Fired at US Drone

Revolutionary Guard commander accuses US of spying

(Newser) - Iran fired at a US drone last week because it was spying on off-shore oil tankers in Iranian airspace, according to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told a quasi-official news agency today that the drone flew too close to Kharg Island in the Strait of Hormuz: "... More »

Iran Weighs Plan to Cause Oil Spill: Report

Such a spill in the Persian Gulf would boost oil prices

(Newser) - Iran's latest idea: cause an oil spill in the Persian Gulf that would punish the West and force its leaders to play nice with Tehran, the Jerusalem Post reports. Such a spill would also drive up oil prices, induce Western countries help clean it up, and perhaps lead them... More »

25 Nations Practice War Against Iran

Naval armada plays 'war game' in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - A whole lot of firepower is headed to the Persian Gulf today as Israel and Iran pound their war drums and Benjamin Netanyahu urges Washington not to let Tehran score a nuclear "touchdown." The US, Britain, France, and 22 other countries are sending a naval armada to the... More »

Iran: 'Nothing Will Remain' of Israel in Attack

As Netanyahu seeks to draw 'red lines' around Tehran

(Newser) - Iran and Israel are rattling the sabers in earnest today, with the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard brashly warning that "nothing will remain" of Israel if it should attack Tehran over its nuclear program. Speaking at a news conference today, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said that, if attacked,... More »

US Destroyer Collides With Tanker in Gulf

USS Porter still operating under own power, damage being assessed

(Newser) - The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early today but that no one was injured in the accident. The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1am local time, the US Navy said in... More »

Embargo Bleeds Iran of $133M a Day

As Obama takes that political capital to the bank

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's country is missing out on some $133 million a day as much of the globe shuns its oil, and Barack Obama is making bank on it. As Bloomberg reports, the US-led embargo on Tehran's oil has proven devastatingly effective since it began July 1, dropping the... More »

Eyes on Iran, US Beefs Up Persian Gulf Presence

Secret missile defense site in Qatar, extra aircraft carrier ready for conflict

(Newser) - The US military is building a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar, as it quietly prepares for a possible military confrontation with Iran, US officials tell the Wall Street Journal . The Pentagon fears that when this summer's oil sanctions fully kick in, Iran will lash out,... More »

New UAE Pipeline Bypasses Gulf

Move makes Strait of Hormuz closure less of a threat

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates has officially opened a pipeline that gives the oil-exporting Persian Gulf nation some protection from the Gulf's political woes. The 236-mile Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline cuts through rugged terrain to reach Fujairah on the UAE's Indian Ocean coast, reports the BBC . The pipeline... More »

US Sends Underwater Drones to Persian Gulf

The remote-controlled SeaFox hunts mines

(Newser) - As tensions worsen with Iran, the US is adding a new weapon to its Persian Gulf arsenal: the underwater drone. Called the SeaFox, it's a 4-foot-long, remote-controlled submarine capable of hunting for undersea mines and detonating them, reports the Telegraph . Iran has been threatening to blockade the Strait of... More »

US Bulks Up Forces in Persian Gulf

Move seen as a warning to Iran

(Newser) - The US has been slowly increasing its military presence in the Persian Gulf, hoping to send messages to both Iran and Israel, the New York Times reports. "The message to Iran is, 'Don't even think about it,'" one senior defense official explains. "It" in... More »

If Iran Shuts Strait of Hormuz, Saudis Have Plan B

It reopens old pipeline that cuts across country

(Newser) - Iran is making noises about shutting the crucial Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, and Saudi Arabia is getting ready just in case. If it can't ship its crude through the Gulf, it plans to use an old pipeline that cuts across the country to the Red Sea,... More »

Admiral: Iran Has Suicide Boats

Mark Fox says Iran threats dangerous, but US Navy has 'very effective' options

(Newser) - Iran has significantly built up its naval arsenal, adding more fast attack boats and some ships that "have been outfitted with a large warhead that could be used as a suicide explosive device," US Vice Admiral Mark Fox told reporters yesterday, according to Reuters . Iran also now has... More »

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