Iran Uses the Pandemic to Further Provocations in the Gulf

Flag in front of Iran’s Foreign Ministry building in Tehran (Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)
It’s one place where the U.S. Navy has operated with impunity.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E leven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard fast boats harassed U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf in mid April. Footage released by the U.S. Navy shows the Iranian speed boats with machine guns mounted on the front buzzing around the USS Lewis Puller and the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton. Tehran is upping its harassment amid the coronavirus pandemic and, playing out in the Pacific, a U.S. Navy controversy in which carrier captain Brett Crozier was very publicly relieved of command for actions during the pandemic. It reflects Iran’s decision to suddenly test the U.S. Navy’s response to pressure America’s presence across the Middle East.

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