BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed members of the American Navy in the Persian Gulf to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian boat harassing them.

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” the U.S. President tweeted on Wednesday.

Trump’s tweet comes just days after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intercepted a U.S. vessel as it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf region.

Iran maintains that the IRGC’s Navy was protecting its territorial waters; however, Washington says their vessel was sailing in international waters.

Similar incidents have happened in the past, but this is the first time that Iran and the U.S. have come so close to one another in the Strait of Hormuz since Quds Forces commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated near the Baghdad International Airport.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been at an all-time high since Soleimani’s assassination, with Iran becoming increasingly aggressive in their stance towards the U.S. presence in the region.

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Franklin Paredes
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Franklin Paredes
2020-04-22 16:36

That means war!

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:37

Not more than Iran launching rockets on US bases in Iraq or blowing US embassies worldwide, even if they are too coward to do this directly and use proxies : in the Hague-Convention, the use of proxies is assimilated to a direct attack by the proxies’ handlers.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:44
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Actually, what is hard to get is… Why the Yankees use of so much restraint for 41 years while just the invasion of US embassy in Tehran, 1979, was already a serious casus-belli. The regime claims it wants to destroy USA an Israel for decades and is obviously into a military build-up to use for this purpose while being led by people with obvious Nazi-like mindset and power-structure…

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:46
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Why waiting for their military-industrial complex to produce what it takes to wreak havoc everywhere? Better get rid of this before, especially as, thanks to the regime’s provocation, Trump doesn’t even needs the Congress to vote for war as, thanks to the Iranian use of proxies, Iran de-facto declared war on USA, as well as the invasion of US embassy was already a casus-belli!

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:54
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

And, since neither a ceasefire nor a peace treaty have been signed since these actions of war were intended, just like for Gaddafi, there is no need for a Congress green light. The Iranian regime might be trying to cover its imperialist policy through the use of proxies, nobody is fooled.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:56
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

It has been offered ways to normalise its international relations through JCPOA, instead, it used the openings to start a civil war in Yemen, etc… How long these hostile actions will be accepted without the ones pulling the strings getting punished?

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-23 06:59
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

As much I harshly opposed th invasion of Iraq or what was done on Libya in 2011, as well as I consider doing a Gaddafi on Khamenei is the way to go.