US military ship fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats

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A US Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots at Iranian military boats that came dangerously close to it and other American vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, the Pentagon said.

Six US Navy ships were escorting a guided missile submarine through the Strait when at least 13 armed speedboats of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard approached from behind at high-speed.

“They were acting very aggressively,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.

At one point, two of the Iranian boats broke away from the others and sped toward some of the US ships, coming dangerously close, the agency said.

The Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun before the Iranian vessels changed course.

It was the second time within the last month that US military vessels opened fire to warn ships from Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the region.

“Sadly, harassment by the IRGC Navy is not a new phenomenon,” Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

“This activity is the kind of activity that could lead to somebody getting hurt and could lead to a real miscalculation there in the region, and that doesn’t serve anybody’s interests.”

With Post wires

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