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U.S. Coast Guard Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Sailboat in Persian Gulf

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A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols the in New York Harbor by the Statue of Liberty as part of their Homeland Security mission. Photo: wiki commons.

Washington Post – If things weren’t already tense enough in the Middle East, a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat got into an altercation Tuesday with an Iranian sailboat in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon announced.

U.S. military officials said the trouble started when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy, which regularly patrols international waters in the Gulf, approached an Iranian dhow, a traditional sailing vessel used by fisherman and traders. According to the U.S. account, the cutter dispatched a smaller boat with some folks on board, apparently to try to get closer to the dhow and possibly climb aboard.

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