Skip to comments.Recordings Show Iran-US Clash In Gulf
Posted on 01/08/2008 1:48:00 PM PST by blam
Recordings Show Iran-US Clash in Gulf
Tuesday January 8, 2008 9:16 PM
By SEBASTIAN ABBOT and LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) - Video and audio recordings clearly show Iranian boats confronting U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, and a voice speaking in heavily-accented English can be heard threatening that the American vessels were going to explode, military officials said Tuesday.
The incident, which President Bush denounced Tuesday as a ``provocative act,'' was videotaped by a crew member on the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, one of the three ships that faced down five Iranian boats in a flare-up early Sunday.
The recordings were described by several military officials who viewed them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the recordings were still being reviewed and had not been released to the public.
``It is a dangerous situation,'' Bush said during a White House news conference. ``They should not have done it, pure and simple. ... I don't know what their thinking was, but I'm telling you what my thinking was. I think it was a provocative act.''
At the Pentagon, defense officials were working to release about five minutes of video and audio that show several small boats as well as the U.S. ships involved in the clash. The Hopper was in the lead as the ships were moving through the Strait of Hormuz.
Military officials said the audio recording includes both threats and transmissions from the Iranians, as well as U.S. Navy transmissions. The audio and video recordings were made separately, and initially covered much of the more than 20 minute confrontation, but were pulled together and combined by the Navy, the officials said.
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This is why we need Fred Thompson, not Romney or Huckabee or Giuliani, and certainly not Ron Paul.
Let’s do this!!!!!!
Duncan Hunter. You don’t mess with that man.
What about Mr. “Change”, Thefirstblackamericanpresident? Think he’s up o the task of finally putting the IRanians in their place.
He’s handsome you know, and such a good speaker...
And why we do not want Barack Hussein Obama, hillary rodham clinton, or those others....
With his ears he is a good listener!
Hunter also could handle it... I was speaking on the top 4.
Thanks for the non sequitur.
“With his ears he is a good listener!”
....and poised and articulate and well groomed and multicultural diverse (do you know he once lived in ...gasp...Asia?) and tolerant and inclusive and dammit...he’s got that Oprah stamp of approval.....
Here’s some info on what MAY (I do not know for sure) of what threatened our ships.
n 1992, Iran and China negotiated a deal for Iran to recieve a fleet of 70-ton Chinese patrol boats with Styx antiship missles. In 1993, Iran bought two Russian Kilo-class submarines and eight mini-submarines from North Korea. All done in an effort to rebuild after the Navy was nearly destoyed after the Islamic Revolution, Iran continued to purchase foreign weapons systems.
Here’s the link:
This is maybe more their style if if does come down to a shooting engagement.
Iran is adding Chinese-made small boats armed with anti-ship cruise missiles to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy that can be used in attacks on shipping in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). “Iran still states that the [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy] will employ swarming tactics in a conflict,” ONI analyst Robert Althage said in an e-mail, noting that the paramilitary organization “continues to add boats armed with anti-ship cruise missiles, such as the FL-10, to its inventory.”
China began supplying Iran over the past several years with small, high-speed C-14 catamarans armed with the optically guided FL-10 anti-ship cruise missiles. Mr. Althage said in response to questions posed by Bloomberg News that recent exercises by the Iranians did not show any new capabilities and that the maneuvers appeared designed “for publicity.” Currently, Iran operates three Russian-made Kilo submarines but has not yet mined waterways, the ONI analyst stated.
A 2004 ONI report said the Iranian IRGC navy has more than 1,000 small boats ranging in length from 17 to 60 feet, and many are concentrated near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, where a large majority of the world’s oil passes. The boats can be used in attacks against shipping and include infantry weapons, unguided barrage rockets, recoilless guns, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Got my heart thumping a bit, that’s for sure. We still don’t know if they may have been dropping mines into the water? I doubt we’d risk lives making a sweep of the area so those “boxes” they dropped overboard may remain a mystery. But there’s no question that was a close call.
At the end of the video there would be nothing but a lot of wooden sticks floating on the water, along with a few body parts.
Why would anyone perceive the threat to be idle after the U.S.S. The Sullivans, and the U.S.S. Cole?
For those of you who came looking for actual video:
Advice for Iranian “navy”: when you’re in a 14’ double outboard and confronting a missile cruiser, missile destroyer, and frigate, it is generally not a good idea to say “I am coming at you, you will explode”
The sad part is that they should have exploded immediately after they said anything like this...and didn't.
Now that these assclowns know that they can get away with this crap, look for these types of incidents to increase.
Thanks for the link to the video.
“This is why we need Fred Thompson, not Romney or Huckabee or Giuliani, and certainly not Ron Paul.”
I think Hunter would do an even better job, in this situation, than Thompson. I do agree with you regarding the others.
“Absolutely and positively Fred is the only one fit to be CiC... the others do NOT have what it takes... Conservative bollocks!”
Hunter does. I agree with you about the others.
“....and poised and articulate and well groomed and multicultural diverse (do you know he once lived in ...gasp...Asia?) and tolerant and inclusive and dammit...hes got that Oprah stamp of approval.....”
And it is a really good thing for him that he has all those qualities because he has zero qualities to be President.
I agree Hunter does.
This particular model of Phalanx speaks fluent Farsi
“And it is a really good thing for him that he has all those qualities because he has zero qualities to be President.”
I’m not even convinced he has all of those qualities, but the fawning LeftMedia is.
Zero? I’d say less than zero. The real question is: if this socialist, racist radical is elected to be CIC, how many years will it take the country to recover?
The only possible reason for this was testing our resolve,.....and it looks like we blinked. Bush is still president for another year and he should act like it. If they do this with Bush, imagine what will happen with Obama.
I hope BDS isn't becoming a trend here on Freepers.
Duncan Hunter. You dont mess with that man.True. And he does have a delegate.
Our Navy denied the goons their virgins, that is for sure.
“Zero? Id say less than zero.”
I could agree on that.
“The real question is: if this socialist, racist radical is elected to be CIC, how many years will it take the country to recover?”