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Iran: We Captured US Drone US: No, You Didn't

US says all ScanEagles 'fully accounted for' after Iranian report

(Newser) - Iranian state TV is claiming that the country's Revolutionary Guard captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf—a report the US moved quickly to squash, reports the AP , with a Navy spokesman saying that all US drones are "fully accounted for."... More »

Pentagon: Iran Fired on US Drone

But the attack failed to hit craft over Persian Gulf

(Newser) - An Iranian attack aircraft fired at least twice at an unarmed US drone conducting routine surveillance in international airspace over the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon said today. The aircraft missed, and the Predator drone returned to base unharmed. The Nov. 1 shooting is unprecedented, said Pentagon press secretary George Little.... 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 »

US Arms Sales Hog 75% of Global Market

Washington's overseas sales tripled last year

(Newser) - America's weapon sales abroad last year skyrocketed to $66.3 billion, triple the 2010 figure of $21.4 billion, according to a nonpartisan report. US sales accounted for more than three-quarters of the $85.3 billion market and marked a record high for sales in a year, blowing away... 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 »

Inside Quest for Gulf Missile Shield: Arms Deals, Coaxing

US chipping away at rivalries in face of threat of Iranian attack

(Newser) - The US is quietly seeking cooperation among its Gulf allies as it works toward a missile defense shield in the region. But the shield, intended as a stance against any Iranian threat, comes with a challenge for Hillary Clinton: encouraging countries from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia to join forces on... More »

US Navy Saves Iranians From Burning Ship

Destroyer's crew comes to aid of stricken crew

(Newser) - Iran has made it clear that American military vessels aren't welcome near its waters, but eight of its citizens must have been pretty glad to see the USS James E. Williams last night. The destroyer saved 10 people, including eight Iranians, from a burning Iranian-flagged ship, reports ABC . The... More »

Iran's Naval Power Growing, Experts Warn

Analysts point to threat to US ships in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - With a host of new boats, submarines, and anti-ship missiles, Iran's navy is quickly gaining power—and that could pose a serious threat to US ships in the Persian Gulf, analysts tell the Washington Post . American Navy officials believe the US would come out on top in any showdown,... 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 »

US Ship Fires on Small Boat in Persian Gulf, Kills 1

They say verbal warnings failed to deter small vessel

(Newser) - A US military ship fired on what officials described as a "small white pleasure craft" in the Persian Gulf today, apparently killing one person onboard. The incident occurred about 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali, and the craft appeared to be heading for port, officials tell... 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 »

Swamped With Unsellable Oil, Iran Stores It on Ships

Iran tries hiding oil ship identity, but sales still dropping

(Newser) - With ever-tighter sanctions clamping down on Iran, the oil-rich nation is finding itself awash with oil it simply cannot sell, reports the New York Times . Iran has already reduced production by 1 million barrels a day to 2.8 million, but reducing production too much could damage its wells, and... 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 »

To Keep Eye on Its Oil, Iraq Buys US Drones

Unarmed drones will watch over Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Iraq is looking to America to help it monitor its oil interests—sort of. The country is buying unarmed surveillance drones from the US that will scour Iraq's Persian Gulf waters, which Iran has spoken of blockading in the past and which the majority of Iraq's oil exports... More »

Iran Threatens Google Over Nameless Gulf

Call it Persian or face 'serious damages,' nation warns

(Newser) - The body of water separating Iran from the Arabian peninsula is nameless on Google Maps, and Iran isn't happy about it. Iran's foreign ministry accuses Google of dropping the name Persian Gulf "as one of the seditionist acts taken as part of the soft war against the... More »

Iran's New Political Flashpoint: Tiny Gulf Island

Ahmadinejad makes push to claim Abu Musa in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Add the island of Abu Musa to those lands whose location and politics makes their importance far greater than their size. As the New York Times explains, the island is only four square miles, but it happens to sit in the Persian Gulf, and both Iran and the United Arab... 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 »

Iran Again Flexes Naval Muscles

Ayatollah Khamenei promises war would hurt US interests more

(Newser) - Just a month after the Iranian navy held war games in the Persian Gulf , the more powerful Revolutionary Guard is holding naval maneuvers, too, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, reports the AP . The Guard is directly controlled by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who yesterday pledged to help any... More »

US Sending 'Mothership' to Gulf for Special Ops

Navy retrofitting warship for commando missions: Washington Post

(Newser) - With the US increasingly relying on targeted special ops instead of large military forces, the Pentagon will send an aging warship to the Gulf region to serve as a "mothership" for Navy SEALs and other special forces fighting Somali pirates, al-Qaeda, and other threats (like maybe this ), reports... More »

War of Words Escalates Over Iran Sanctions

Lawmakers again threaten to close Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Senior Iranian lawmakers stepped up threats today that Islamic Republic warships could block the Persian Gulf's oil tanker traffic after the latest blow by Western leaders seeking to rein in Tehran's nuclear program: A punishing oil embargo by the European Union that sharply raises the economic stakes for... More »

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