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Old 01-07-2008, 11:40 AM
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They better hope they were issued the Kevlar models.


WASHINGTON The United States warned Iran on Monday to refrain from any further provocations following a weekend standoff in the Strait of Hormuz, off Iran's coast, that ended after U.S. ships armed their weapons in preparation to defend against threatening Iranian boats.

"We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Monday.

Pentagon sources say five Iranian Revolutionary Guard speed boats -- described as "cigarette" boats -- charged at the three U.S. Navy ships sailing in the Strait of Hormuz early Sunday en route to the Persian Gulf, FOX News confirmed.

The Iranian boats came within 200 yards of the U.S. ships -- a cruiser, a frigate and a destroyer that U.S. officials said were on a routine transport mission.

The U.S. ships were forced to take defensive action to avoid striking the close-by Iranian boats and armed their weapons, but neither side fired any shots.

The small Iranian boats also reportedly threw boxes into the water ahead of the U.S. boats before speeding off. It could not immediately be determined what was in the boxes.

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The Associated Press, citing an anonymous Pentagon official, said the incident occurred at about 5 a.m. local time Sunday.

"There were no injuries but there very well could have been," the AP source said, adding that the Iranian boats turned away "literally at the very moment that U.S. forced were preparing to open fire" in self defense.

The AP source said he didn't have the precise transcript of communications that passed between the two forces, but the Iranians radioed something to the effect that "we're coming at you and you'll explode in a couple minutes."

Last March, Revolutionary Guard boats intercepted a British vessel, holding naval servicemen aboard the vessel for 15 days before releasing them.

The Strait of Hormuz is located between Oman and Iran and connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Up to 17 million barrels of oil are shipped through Strait of Hormuz each day.

And roughly two-fifths of all seaborne traded oil goes through the Strait of Hormuz. The majority of oil exported from the Strait of Hormuz travels to Asia, the United States and Western Europe.
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Isn't it about time to just make those 2 counties our little private lake, we need a OSO Poker Run overseas anyway
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Off subject, I saw Miss Geico heading west on I-20 in Columbia SC this morning!

I'm pretty sure they were Fountains not Cigs!
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The best way to prevent that from happening in the future is to transplant some manatees over there. Send the SMC have them sue the governments. Then they can make the whole thing a slow speed zone....
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The best way to prevent that from happening in the future is to transplant some manatees over there. Send the SMC have them sue the governments. Then they can make the whole thing a slow speed zone....
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Cigarette boats. It's always those goddamned Cigarette boats!
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I'm pretty sure they were Fountains not Cigs!
shame on Mr. Fountain...
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On a serious side....there is NO WAY any of those boats should have been allowed to get within 200 yds of the US Ships. They should have been blown out of the water as soon as they approached in the manner they did and with the radio threat they gave. We need to take agressive stances with these f'ucks and let the chips fall where they may.
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The Iranians are upset the U.S. economy and hence oil prices may cooling off, hence the dramatic attempt to scare prices higher. It did not work.
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On a serious side....there is NO WAY any of those boats should have been allowed to get within 200 yds of the US Ships. They should have been blown out of the water as soon as they approached in the manner they did and with the radio threat they gave. We need to take agressive stances with these f'ucks and let the chips fall where they may.
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