Iran Threatens U.S. in Straits of Hormuz

Iran seems determined to be the bully on the block. The strategic Straits of Hormuz sees 35% of the world’s seaborne oil trade pass through their narrows. When Iran gets mad at the United States (a perpetual state of affairs) they threaten our Navy and the world’s oil shipping. On 18 April 1988, the U.S. Navy waged a one-day battle against Iranian forces in and around the strait. The battle, dubbed Operation Praying, was launched in retaliation for the USS Samuel B. Roberts striking a mine laid in the channel by Iran. Our Navy sank one Iranian frigate, one gunboat, and up to six armed speedboats. This is the same “reasonable” government that we have a nuclear agreement with. What is wrong with this picture?

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As Reported BY AP:

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

TEHRAN, Iran — The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.

The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long history of both rhetoric and confrontation between Iran and the US over the narrow strait, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes.

The remarks by the acting commander of the Guard also follow those of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who on Monday criticized US activities in the Persian Gulf. It’s unclear whether that signals any new Iranian concern over the strait or possible confrontation with the US following its nuclear deal with world powers.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment

In his remarks, Salami said that “Americans should learn from recent historical truths,” likely referring to the January capture of 10 US sailors who entered Iranian waters. The sailors were released less than a day later, though state TV aired footage of the sailors on their knees with their hands on their heads.

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