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BREAKING: US Navy OPENS FIRE on Iran

BREAKING: US Navy OPENS FIRE on Iran

Conservative Tribune

Several Iranian navy “fast attack craft” reportedly harassed and threatened a U.S. Navy destroyer Wednesday near the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Nothing came of that incident, but we are now learning of a separate provocative incident that did escalate, nearly to the point of an actual shooting war with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to CNN, several more of the same sort of Iranian attack craft surrounded and harassed two U.S. Navy vessels and a Kuwaiti vessel in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf.

This time, warning shots were fired by one of the U.S. ships, the USS Squall, which prompted the Iranians to bug out — maybe the smartest thing we’ve seen them do in several decades.

The warning shots were part of the Navy’s standard Maritime procedure for such incidents, which include efforts to hail the opposing craft, firing warning flares, and finally, firing warning shots into the water near the offending craft.

The commander of the Squall felt compelled to fire the shots after the Iranian craft closed to 200 yards from the U.S. vessels. Radio contact was made between the American ships and the Iranians, but they persisted in their harassment regardless — that is, until the warning shots came splashing down next to them.

This is just the latest in a long string of provocative actions deliberately committed by the Iranians against U.S. and allied assets in the region, and could be an ominous hint that Iran is stepping up its aggressive opposition to the U.S. in what they view as its rightful sphere of influence.

Hopefully the warning shots were enough to give the Iranians pause before they start a real shooting war, as that will only end badly for all involved and should therefore be avoided if at all possible.

That said, should Iranian vessels persist in harassing and threatening U.S. ships in international waters, then they should be fired upon without remorse, as they are clearly asking for it.

Don’t smack a hornet’s nest unless you are ready to get stung. Your move, mullahs.

H/T The Right Scoop

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