Five ian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
One of the ian vessels
The captain of one of the U.S. ships prepared to fire on the ians after one of the ian vessels broadcast a radio transmission threatening that one of the U.S. ships would blow up:
U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, were confirming a report first aired by CNN.Here's a video of the CNN report:
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The incident took place about 11:00 p.m. EST Saturday night, the officials said.
According to the officials, the radio transmission from one of the ian ships said: "I am coming at you. You will explode in a couple of minutes."
The officials said it was not unusual for ian boats to get close to U.S. ships in the strait but the radio transmission was unusual.
The officials said the ian vessels also dropped small white boxes into the water. It was not clear what the boxes contained.
One official said the move may have been an attempt to ascertain what tactics the U.S. ships would use if objects were dropped into the strait.
is playing a dangerous game here. I am frankly shocked at the restraint of the U.S. Navy. Especially considering the fact that last March seized 15 British sailors and marines and held them for almost two weeks.