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An Iranian official said Friday that "even our short-range missiles can easily reach" US warships that sailed into the Persian Gulf on Thursday.
The US got intel hinting at a possible Iranian attack on US interests, so Washington decided to move additional firepower to the region as a warning.
Here’s what it looked like when 2 Iranian speedboats zipped by a US warship carrying the top commander in the Middle East
US and Iranian vessels have not had an "unsafe or unprofessional" incident in more than a year, but they had a close encounter last week.
The US Navy says that it hasn't had an unsafe or unprofessional interactions with Iran's military in more than a year. But even with that seeming stalemate, Iranian forces have found a way frustrate the US.
Iran on Friday carried out a military drill aimed at showing the US how it might try to shut down oil shipping in the Persian Gulf after fresh US sanctions in November, but the display was underwhelming at best.
The US Navy faces ‘a huge liability’ in countering one of Iran’s favorite and most dangerous weapons
Iran's naval forces are no match for the US Navy and its partners, but Tehran often relies on asymmetric tactics, and one weapon it could bring to bear in the Persian Gulf may present a particular challenge for the Navy.
Since Trump appeared to throw his weight behind the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, the US has sold weapons to and done naval drills with the Qataris.
Iran detaining 10 American Navy sailors in the Persian Gulf seems intentionally provocative.
The US will have a two-month "carrier gap" in the region.