On Wednesday, President Trump told the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats that are threatening or harassing U.S. ships. Last week the U.S. Navy and Army were conducting drills in the Persian gulf area when 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels began to harass them. The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in between the U.S. vessels at high speeds, and even got within ten yards of a ship. Crew members responded by issuing radio warnings but received no response from Iran until over an hour later when they retreated.
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