US WARN­ING SHOTS FIRED NEAR IRA­NIAN VES­SEL

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A U.S. Navy ship fired warn­ing shots when an Ira­nian ves­sel in the Gulf came within 150 yards) on Tues­day in the first such in­ci­dent since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary, a U.S. of­fi­cial told Reuters. The last ma­jor in­ci­dent was ear­lier in Jan­uary, though there have been in­stances when a U.S. ves­sel fired a flare as well as an event in March when a U.S. Navy ship was forced to change course af­ter mul­ti­ple fast-at­tack ves­sels from the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard came too close. The U.S. of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said the pa­trol craft, named Thun­der­bolt, fired the warn­ing shots af­ter the Ira­nian ves­sel ap­proached at high speed and ig­nored ra­dio calls, flares and the ship’s whis­tle. The Thun­der­bolt was ac­com­pa­nied by sev­eral U.S. Coast Guard ves­sels.

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