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A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as "unsafe and unprofessional."
There was no immediate Iranian comment on the incident. Trump's transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the incident took place when a Navy MH-60 helicopter flew within half a mile (0.8 km) of two Iranian vessels in international waters. One of the vessels pointed a weapon at the helicopter, the U.S. officials said.
"The behavior by our standards is provocative and could be seen as an escalation," the officials said. At no point did the crew of the helicopter feel threatened, they added.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: seasonal
I am afraid the present administration has so fully emboldened the Iranians, that escalation isn't out of the question. Obama's inexperience on the world stage in regards actual moving pieces vs. ideologically driven directives, has landed us in this potentially precarious position.
I hope the next administration can keep quiet, yet carry a big stick. Its the appropriate policy, until the whole world is on the same ideological page, which I doubt will ever happen.
If an Iranian helicopter flew within 0.8km of a US ship, I bet the same thing would've happened.
The official added that in the case of the Cook, "The commanding officer recognized that the flight patterns were unsafe and unprofessional but did not feel threatened and therefore did not engage with tactical weapons."
Russian jets keep buzzing U.S. ships and planes. What can the U.S. do?
Do you think the buzzing will stop once Trump takes the reins?
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: sg1642
I would imagine that the weapon locked on to the helicopter and the copter got an in flight warning. This was no joke.