US of­fers con­do­lences over deadly Iran in­ci­dent

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — The U.S. mil­i­tary of­fered con­do­lences Thurs­day to Iran over a friendly fire in­ci­dent that saw an Ira­nian mis­sile kill 19 Ira­nian troops, iden­ti­fy­ing the weapon that det­o­nated as an anti-ship cruise mis­sile.

Ira­nian author­i­ties on

Mon­day said the mis­sile struck the Ira­nian navy ves­sel Konarak on Sun­day near the port of Jask, about 790 miles south­east of Tehran in the Gulf of Oman. Fif­teen Ira­nian troops were wounded.

In a state­ment, Capt. Bill Ur­ban, a spokesman for the U.S. Cen­tral Command, said the force of­fered “our sin­cere con­do­lences to the Ira­nian peo­ple for the tragic loss of life.”

How­ever, Ur­ban also crit­i­cized the train­ing for tak­ing place so close to the Strait of Hor­muz, the nar­row mouth of the Per­sian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes.

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