Persian Gulf

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After a Period of Quiet, a 'Provocative' Move From Iran

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels get close to US warships

(Newser) - Six US military warships conducting exercises in international waters off Iran on Wednesday were interrupted by what the US calls a "harassing" group of nearly a dozen Iranian vessels. A statement from the US Navy's 5th Fleet says that 11 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels came very... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Photos Taken May 3 Added Fuel to Iran Fears

'NYT': Photos show missiles on boats in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Non-essential Embassy staff members in Iraq have been told to leave , and there's been a report that the Pentagon could send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if tensions with Iran reach a breaking point. Now, a possible clue as to why the hubbub over Iran has suddenly... More »

Commercial Ships Survived Sabotage, UAE Reports

US has warned of possible attacks in region

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast "were subjected to sabotage operations," hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a nearby Emirati port. Emirati officials declined to say who might have been responsible, the AP... More »

This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During... More »

Navigational Blunder Blamed for Capture of US Sailors

Iran incident a 'debacle,' retired admiral says

(Newser) - It was human error, not mechanical trouble, that led to 10 US service members being detained by Iran after straying into its waters, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. "They obviously had misnavigated," he told reporters on Thursday, per the AP . "They did not report this navigational... More »

Iran Frees 10 American Sailors

Iran says they suffered mechanical problems

(Newser) - They're free again: Iranian state television is reporting that all 10 US sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters have been released. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the sailors were released Wednesday after it was determined that their entry was not intentional. The nine men and one... 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 »

Persian Gulf Is Getting Too Hot for Humans

Heat, humidity will create killer conditions, study warns

(Newser) - A stark warning, even by the standards of climate research: If emissions continue at their current level, parts of the Persian Gulf region will simply become too hot and humid for people to survive in. Researchers say that by the end of this century, the combined heat and humidity "... More »

Marine 'Presumed Lost' Is First US Anti-ISIS Casualty

He ejected from Osprey over Persian Gulf

(Newser) - A Marine who ejected from an airplane over the Persian Gulf is "presumed lost at sea," the US Navy says, marking the first reported casualty from the ongoing operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Marine and another crew member ejected from an MV-22 Osprey when the... More »

Marines Helicopter Crashes With 25 on Board

But all are rescued in Gulf of Aden

(Newser) - Close call in the Arabian Sea: A group of 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors avoided serious injury today when their helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden, the Navy says. The CH-53E Super Stallion—a Marine Corps helicopter—was trying to land on the USS Mesa Verde's deck... More »

Coast Guard Fires on Iranian Boat

Dhow aimed machine gun at US crew patrolling Gulf

(Newser) - An Iranian boat that pointed a machine gun at the crew of a US Coast Guard cutter took off after the Americans fired a warning shot in response, the Navy says. Military officials say the Monomoy, one of the Coast Guard vessels patrolling international waters in the Persian Gulf, dispatched... More »

UAE Brings in Conscription

Gulf nation worried about 'difficult neighbors'

(Newser) - Does the United Arab Emirates spy trouble ahead? The Gulf nation has introduced a law requiring all males over 18 to serve at least nine months in the military, or two years if they haven't finished high school, Al Jazeera reports. Officials say the conscription law, which follows a... More »

Iran: Fake US Warship Is Just a Movie Prop

Iranian media slams US for jumping to conclusions

(Newser) - The replica of an American aircraft carrier under construction in Iran is a mere movie prop, according to Iranian media. Iranian newspapers say the Nimitz-class replica spotted by satellites will appear in an upcoming movie about the downing of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes in 1988,... More »

Iran Building Fake US Carrier ... to Blow Up?

US officials say it could be for propaganda boost

(Newser) - A ship nearing completion in Iran looks rather familiar to American eyes: US officials say it's a sort of replica of the Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier—it even has the Nimitz's number 68 painted near the bow—except that it's not actually a working aircraft... More »

Iran Says Warships Going to US Maritime Border

'This move has a message,' Iranian official says

(Newser) - Iran says it has launched warships with orders to approach US maritime borders in the Atlantic ocean, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. "This move has a message," an Iranian admiral was quoted as saying. That message: stand up against the US and its allies for stationing... More »

6.3 Quake Strikes Near Iran's Nuclear Site

Just 55 miles from Bushehr; reverberations felt across Gulf

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake shook south western Iran this morning, near the country's Bushehr reactor, the US Geological Survey reported today. The quake clocked in at 6.3 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter just 55 miles from Bushehr. Social media reports spotted by the BBC indicate that reverberations... More »

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