Strait of Hormuz

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US May Deploy Marines on Private Ships to Foil Iran

If approved, plan for Strait of Hormuz could put troops at risk of direct confrontation with Iranian forces

(Newser) - Marines have been flown to the Persian Gulf and received training in anticipation of being placed on American commercial ships to keep Iran from the civilian vessels. The deployment, which has not received final approval, would run the risk of a direct confrontation between US and Iranian forces, the Washington ...

Iranian Patrol Boat Tries to Temporarily Blind US Navy Ships

US Central Command decries 'unsafe and unprofessional' incident

(Newser) - In what US Central Command is calling an "unsafe and unprofessional" incident in the Strait of Hormuz Monday night, an Iranian patrol boat tried to temporarily blind two US Navy ships. The US ships were transiting international waters in what Yahoo News calls a routine crossing when the Islamic...

US Navy Warship Fires Warning Flare at Iran Speedboat

It's the second 'unsafe' sea incident in 4 months

(Newser) - A US Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday. The incident on Monday involving the Guard and the Navy comes as tensions remain high over stalled...

US Fires Warning Shots at Speedboats From Iran

13 Revolutionary Guard speedboats appear to harass US Navy vessels

(Newser) - A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran's Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward US Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a US Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came dangerously close, US officials said....

Iran: Friendly Fire From Own Ship Kills 19 on Another

Konarak support ship reportedly didn't move far enough away from target it placed in Gulf of Oman

(Newser) - A logistical support vessel for the Iranian navy was struck over the weekend by "friendly fire," resulting in the deaths of 19 sailors and the injuries of at least 15 others. The incident happened Sunday evening in the Gulf of Oman, "causing the martyrdom of a number...

Hear the Iranians Seize the British Tanker

'If you obey, you will be safe,' commandos say as UK Navy tried in vain to ward them off

(Newser) - In an audio recording released Sunday, the AP reports that a British naval officer can be heard saying the transit of a British-flagged vessel through the Strait of Hormuz must not be impaired under international law as Iranian naval forces warn the vessel to change course. The audio, released by...

Britain Warns of 'Robust' Response to Iran

The UK wants its seized tanker back

(Newser) - Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker appears to be a tit-for-tat response to the seizure of an Iranian tanker earlier this month. Still, the British foreign secretary warned Saturday that Iran is on a "dangerous path of illegal and destabilizing behavior," reports the Guardian . Jeremy Hunt...

Iran Says It Has British Tanker as It Clashes With US on Drone
Iran Seizes 2 Vessels
Amid Rising Tensions

Iran Seizes 2 Vessels Amid Rising Tensions

One is British-flagged, the other Liberian-flagged

(Newser) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said two vessels have been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz, per the AP . Hunt said Friday he will attend an emergency government session to see what can be done to secure their release. One is a British-flagged vessel and the other...

Iran Denies US Destroyed Drone
Iran: 'We Haven't Lost a Drone'

Iran: 'We Haven't Lost a Drone'

Tehran denies there was confrontation with US vessel

(Newser) - Iran on Friday denied President Trump's statement that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship—an incident that marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than a month after Iran downed an American drone in the same...

Trump: US Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone

He's calling on other countries to condemn Iran

(Newser) - President Trump says a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries, the AP reports. Trump says it's the latest "hostile" action by Iran. He's calling on other countries to condemn what he says are Iran's...

Iran Ratchets Up Tensions With Tanker Seizure

Revolutionary Guard captured foreign oil vessel with 12 crew members

(Newser) - More tensions involving Iran and oil tankers : The nation's Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil with a crew of 12, state TV reported Thursday, per the AP . Iran did not identify the tanker or its home nation, but the development comes just...

UK Says Iranian Vessels Tried to Block Oil Tanker

Royal Navy vessel intervened, government say

(Newser) - The British navy says it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran's president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying...

'Planes Were in the Air' When Iran Strike Called Off

'Planes Were in the Air'
When Iran Strike Called Off

'Planes Were in the Air' When Iran Strike Called Off

Schumer warns US could be 'bumbling into war'

(Newser) - A US strike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US drone was reportedly abruptly called off Thursday night—but it was a plan firmly in motion at the time, according to the New York Times . Senior administration officials tell the Times that "planes were in the...

Trump on Drone: 'I Find It Hard to Believe It Was Intentional'

President says a rogue commander is likely to blame, rather than top leaders

(Newser) - Another day, another ratcheting up of the tension between the US and Iran. What's not in dispute is that Iran shot down an unmanned American drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Both sides disagree on a crucial point, however: Iran says the drone was over Iranian territory, while the...

US Sailors Used Crowbar to Get This Magnet Off Tanker

They say limpet mines used in tanker attack resemble mines displayed by Iran

(Newser) - The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a US Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of directly blaming Tehran for the assault. The comments by Cmdr. Sean Kido...

Oil Tanker Owner: It Didn't Happen That Way

Owner of the Kokuka Courageous is deeply skeptical that mines were involved

(Newser) - The owner of an oil tanker attacked near the Strait of Hormuz is pushing back against the US version of events, NBC News reports. The president of the company that owns the Kokuka Courageous, one of two tankers targeted Thursday in a politically charged incident, says the Japanese vessel was...

US Says Video Shows Iranians Removing Mine From Tanker

Tehran accuses US of 'Iranophobic' campaign

(Newser) - The US says Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman Thursday—and it has proof to back up the claim. A video released by the US military's Central Command late Thursday shows what American officials say was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat removing...

Report: 2 Oil Tankers Attacked in Gulf of Oman

US Navy assists damaged vessels

(Newser) - Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the US Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. Japan's Trade Ministry said the two...

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...

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—...

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