U.S. Says Iran Fired Rockets Near Warships
The “actions were highly provocative.”
American military is reporting that Iran is conducting rocket tests in the Strait of Hormuz, near U.S. warships and commercial vessels.
The vital strait, a narrow waterway between Iran and Oman that is the route for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea, is crucial for ships taking part in the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. In the past, Iran has threatened to block the strait, which lies at the entrance of the Persian Gulf.
While the United States has complained previously about other Iranian war games and maneuvers there, Saturday’s incident comes after a series of weapons tests and other moves by the Islamic Republic following the nuclear deal.
Cmdr Kyle Raines, a Central Command spokesman said that Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval vessels fired “several unguided rockets” about 1,500 yards from the USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier, USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence. More