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US: Navy Ships Fired Warning Shots After Encounters with Iranian Vessels

U.S. Navy ships sailing in the Persian Gulf were forced to fire warning shots and flares after being harassed by Iranian vessels in recent close encounters, the Pentagon said. In one incident Wednesday, the patrol ship USS Squall fired three warning shots into the water in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on.   Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Thursday that the Iranian boat came within 182 meters (200 yards) of the USS...

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