Saturday, February 4, 2017

As New Sanctions Against Iran Announced, US Warship Heads Into Territory

"... a new day in U.S.-Iran relations ..."

President Donald Trump announced new U.S. sanctions against Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test conducted by Iran last week.

In addition to the sanctions, defense officials confirmed Friday the USS Cole has been moved to patrol the waters off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from attacks on ships by the Houthi, a militia group aligned with Iran.

The USS Cole is the same ship that was attacked while in port in Yemen by a terrorist bomb in 2000, killing 17 U.S. sailors.

A Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen was attacked by a suicide bomber earlier this week, causing an explosion that killed two crew members.

U.S. officials feared the attack was either intended for a U.S. ship, or was a practice run for a similar attack against a U.S. ship.

The move comes approximately five months after the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes aimed at destroying three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi forces. That attack was a retaliation for failed missile attacks by the Houthi on another U.S. destroyer.

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