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U.S. Military: Tense Encounters With Iran Occur Almost Daily in Strait of Hormuz

October 8, 2008

Fox News

WASHINGTON —  EXCLUSIVE: Amid false allegations from Iranian media that a U.S. plane was forced down after accidentally entering Iranian airspace, FOX News learned Tuesday about another tense incident that occurred last month near the Strait of Hormuz.

On Sept. 6, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatened to shoot down U.S. helicopters flying cover aboard the USS Peliliu patrolling in the area, according to a classified military transcript of the radio exchange.

According to the transcript, the Peleliu, while en route to the Strait from the Gulf of Oman — was engaged in flight operations using CH-46 helicopters when they encountered an Iranian P3 surveillance plane overhead. The U.S. Navy, which considered the plane as outdated and a non-threatening presence, had a friendly exchange with the Iranians.

The Peleliu established bridge-to-bridge contact with the P3, saying:

USS Peleliu: “Unknown aircraft at 2000ft, this is a coalition warship operation in international waters, we request you remain clear.”

Iranian surveillance plane: “Good morning coalition warship, how do you feel?”

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,433832,00.html

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Above: USS Peleliu

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Iran to use “all means” to defend itself if attacked

September 19, 2007

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday it would use “all our means” to defend itself if attacked by the West, three days after France‘s foreign minister publicly raised the possibility of war over Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities.

When asked whether Iran would block the Hormuz Strait, the world’s most important water way for oil shipments, if attacked, government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham dismissed it as “far- fetched” that anybody would take “this foolish option.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday comments by French government officials talking about the possibility of war over Iran’s nuclear programme were intended for the media and should not be taken seriously.

Read it all at:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070919/ts_nm/iran_threat_
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
محمود احمدی‌نژاد
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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