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U.S.-Iran stand-off: Mere propaganda or prelude to war?

The U.S. Navy’s admission that a threat radioed to American warships in the Straits of Hormuz might not have come from Iranian speedboats might have disastrous consequences.

On Thursday, the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet in Bahrain cast doubt on the U.S. earlier version of Sunday’s incident, saying that there was "no way to know" if the threat to attack the American ships came from Iranian speedboats.

"There is no way to know where this (radioed threat) exactly came from. It could have come from the shore... or another vessel in the area," Lieutenant John Gay told AFP by telephone.

The Navy’s statement may calm fears of an imminent conflict between Washington and Tehran, but according to an article on the BBC, the admission could raise new fears about the chances of unintended clashes in the region because the whole affair is very similar to an incident in 1988 when the USS Vincenn


Added: Jan-14-2008 
By: A-A-M
Iran, Middle East
Tags: iran, u.s.
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