U.S fires warning shots on Iranian boats allegedly head towards the Strait of Hormuz
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 10-Jan-2017

Washington, January 10: The tensions between United States and Iran ones gain has grown as American Navy warship on Monday fired warning shots at Iranian boats heading towards the Strait of Hormuz.
The USS Mahan, American navy warship was travelling through the passage of water which separates the United Arab Emirates and Iran when Iranian boats rushed towards it, therefore to stop them American navy forcefully fired warning shots.

United States on Monday has claimed that the shots were fired as a result of failing to establish contact with the Iranians, and after a US navy helicopter released smoke flares as a cautionary move.

The USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, fired three warning shots with a .50-caliber machine gun at four Iranian boats after at least one of them traveled within 900 yards of the Mahan with a sailor manning its main gun. The Mahan was traveling north through the strait toward the Persian Gulf with two other Navy vessels, the amphibious craft USS Makin Island and the oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

Captain Jeff Davis further said, "this was an unsafe and unprofessional interaction, and that is due to the fact that they were approaching at a high level of speed with weapons manned and disregarding repeated warnings." He further said that no one was hurt by their action against Iranian boats.

Davis said the incident marks a return to a series of provocative encounters between U.S. and Iranian vessels that had started to wane over the latter half of 2016. The White House also said the Iranian vessels had behaved in an unacceptable manner and that such incidents risked increasing tensions.

Notably, most recently in August, another U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships. In January 2016 Iran freed 10 U.S. sailors after briefly detaining them in the Gulf.

Earlier, President-elect Donald Trump has made strong statements indicating that the U.S. military will take a much harder line against Iranian interests in the region. Among his warnings, he has vowed to shatter President Obama’s nuclear deal with Tehran and threatened to blow Iranian ships out of the water. The military encounter happened a day after the death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the fathers of the 1979 Islamic Revolution who also advocated for stronger ties with the West.