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White House calls naval face-off ‘provocative’

January 8, 2008

By Sara A. Carter
Washington Times
January 8, 2008

The hostile actions taken by Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats Sunday against three U.S. warships in international waters prompted a harsh warning from the White House as the president prepares for his trip to the Middle East.
“We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future,” said Gordon Johndroe, White House national security spokesman.
Two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were prepared to fire on the five Iranian “fast boats” early Sunday morning when they displayed hostile behavior by edging extraordinarily close and threatening to blow up the U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route leading into the Persian Gulf.

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