Report: U.S. sends forces to Persian Gulf ahead of possible clash with Iran
Buildup includes small unmanned submarines recently purchased by the navy, the L.A. Times reports.
By Haaretz | Jul.12, 2012 | 6:34 AM | 7
The United States is building up its naval power in the Persian Gulf in response to threats by Iranian officials to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of further sanctions, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The report came after, earlier this month, U.S. defense officials told the New York Times that American forces have been quietly introduced into the Persian Gulf in an attempt to deter Iran from blocking the strategic waterway, and to increase strike capability in case the nuclear standoff with Iran escalates to a military confrontation.
According to the report, the deployments were meant to bolster the U.S. military presence in the region while reassuring Israel that the Iranian nuclear issue is being handled. The New York Times report quoted an unnamed "senior Defense Department official" who said, "The message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it.’ Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the gulf.”
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