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A US Ship “Fired Toward” Two Iranian Boats

From an outraged Reuters:


This picture released by the US Navy in January 2008 shows a small craft, suspected to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy, maneuvering near US Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz.

U.S.-contracted ship fires toward Iranian boat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A cargo ship contracted by the U.S Military Sealift Command has fired at least one shot toward an Iranian boat, a U.S. defense official said on Friday.

“It was an MSC vessel,” the official said, confirming the ship fired on an Iranian boat.

Other details were not immediately available. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain did not have any immediate comment.

The United States in January said Iranian boats threatened its warships on January 6 along a vital route for crude oil shipments.

This could get interesting.

And of course this news won’t do much to help drive down the price of oil.

  Update!

An update from the Associated Press, with somewhat differing details:

US-contracted ship fires warning shots in Gulf

Apr 25, 2008

CAIRO, Egypt – The U.S. Navy says a Defense Department contractor’s ship fired flares and warning shots at two small boats approaching it in the Persian Gulf.

Fifth Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Lydia Robertson says the Western Venture was in international waters in the central Persian Gulf when it was approached by two small boats of unknown origin.

The Navy official said Friday the ship fired flares and warning shots with .50-caliber machine guns and M-16s at the boats, causing them to leave the area.

Robertson says the Iranian Coast Guard radioed the Western Venture a few minutes later to determine its identity.

Oil prices rose sharply on news reports that said the small boats were Iranian.

It sounds a little like déjà vu. (E.g., the British kidnapping.)

But with a better outcome.

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