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originally posted by: Ohanka
World Tensions are extremely high right now, we don't need to intentionally throw more fuel on the fire purely because "Murica F*** yeah"
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: cavtrooper7
Ehh, in my honest opinion if the US decided to go to war with Iran, Russia would leave them hanging. Putin may have sugarkissed dreams of the USSR, but he's also not stupid.
On Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, through the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, according to officials who call the boundary Iran’s “black line.”
Iran’s territorial waters—like all nations--extend 12 miles into the sea, according to international maritime law.
At some point during the flight, the Iranian military warned the two aircraft to change course or risk getting shot down.
The US military planes ignored the warning and continued flying in international airspace, although close to Iranian territory, the officials told Fox.
“We wanted to test the Iranian reaction,” one US official told Fox News when asked why the US jets were flying close to Iran.
“It’s one thing to tell someone to get off your lawn, but we weren’t on their lawn,” the official continued. “Anytime you threaten to shoot someone down, it’s not considered professional.”
No brother, Persian Gulf was named like that much long before a country named USA came into existence . just after 1960s and british colonialism, the Arab states of the said waters started to throw Pan-Arabism into the picture .
originally posted by: bg_socalif
This has always gone on. In '96 the Iranian patrol boat "Bayandor" "bumped" the USS Gettysburg in the NAG (Northern Arabian Gulf) while escorting the USS Enterprise. Also three Iranian patrol boats did a high speed runs towards the USS KItty Hawk while being escorted by USS Cowpens (my ship). We maneuvered a few times and they did turn away. It made for some good General Quarters training.
At the Strait of Hormuz territorial waters overlap with Iran, Oman and UAE, because it's so narrow. So inbound and outbound "lanes" have been designated for passage of ships. Both Oman and Iran usually initiate a challenge to ships passing through.
As for the the name, Iran calls it Persian Gulf. Virtually every one else, including the bordering Arab countries, call it the Arabian Gulf.
Iran also has elections next year. So they have to look tough to the populace.