U.S. Military Reports Skirmish With Iran – The Lede – Breaking News – New York Times Blog
Iran and the United States have been playing chicken for some time now, but reports this morning say that the game turned unusually direct on Sunday. From NBC News:
Iranian Revolutionary Guard gunboats harassed three U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz Sunday, in what the U.S. military considers a “significant provocative act.”
Military officials told NBC News that two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were heading into the Persian Gulf through the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz when five armed “fast boats” of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard approached a high speed, darting in and out of the formation.
Later, the White House amplified the concern and issued a warning as well. “We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future,” said spokesman Gordon Johndroe, according to Reuters.