News / Middle East

    Iran: Warships to Approach US Maritime Borders

    Iran's Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer is docked during its inauguration in the port city of Anzali, northwest of Tehran, March 17, 2013.
    Iran's Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer is docked during its inauguration in the port city of Anzali, northwest of Tehran, March 17, 2013.
    VOA News
    An Iranian naval commander says Iran has ordered several warships to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf.

    Iranian media Saturday quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying that a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.

    Haddad, commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels will sail close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time and that "this move has a message."

    The ships reportedly began their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Iranian reports say the ships carry some navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews. They are on a three-month mission.

    The Islamic Republic considers the move a response to U.S. naval deployments near Iranian waters.

    The U.S. Navy has a regular presence in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. 5th Fleet is based in Bahrain, across the Gulf from Iran.

    You May Like

    Top US General: Turkish Media Report ‘Absurd'

    General Dunford rejects ‘irresponsible' claims of coup involvement by former four-star Army General Campbell, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan before retiring earlier this year

    Video Saving Ethiopian Children Thought to Be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at efforts of one African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children

    Protests Over Western Troops Threaten Libyan 'Unity' Government

    Fears mount that Islamist foes of ‘unity' government plan to declare a revolutionaries' council in Tripoli

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 2
        Next 
    by: Andrew from: New York
    February 11, 2014 12:45 PM
    America's Navy is the most powerful in the world, The 5th fleet we have in the Mediterranean (Which is only a small portion of our Navy) is bigger, packing more firepower, and far more capable than the entire Iranian Navy... I hope they do something stupid, that way we can destroy the little naval power they have.
    In Response

    by: Sammy from: Wash DC
    February 11, 2014 9:44 PM
    Andrew- why not HOPE for better things in life? You know, like PEACE!!

    by: Phillipp from: South Africa
    February 10, 2014 5:13 AM
    I just hope we are not useless to have stopped the passing near our waters.

    by: john from: U.S.A
    February 09, 2014 7:08 PM
    I think of Iran posturing their fleet showing the US they have the right to patrol in international waters just as the US is doing.It is just a psing contest of either country.The US is showing force to stop Iran from enriching uranium and stop their threat of going nuclear.Iran is trying to show the US it is none of our business,This thing could get us into a war!

    by: behdad from: tehran _ iran
    February 09, 2014 12:30 PM
    Probably their message for us people will be peace and freedom.

    by: Atilla from: Turkey
    February 09, 2014 11:48 AM
    I bet the crew will defect when they get close to U.S. mainland : )
    iranian officers have a salary of $200 - $300 a month and they can hardly feed themselves.

    by: Atilla from: Turkey
    February 09, 2014 11:43 AM
    Losers... can they afford the cost of fuel ? they will most likely break down in the middle of Atlantic ocean and ask help from U.S. navy : ) I think it is time to liberate Iranian people from these mullahs
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    February 10, 2014 4:26 AM
    How about you don't pretend to be an ignorant westerner by talking like that. Every one know about "factories" in Turkey as we call them or the Karkhaneh's!

    by: Bubba Nicholson from: Tampa, FL
    February 09, 2014 9:17 AM
    Iranians are insane people. They act as if the godless soviet union didn't exist when we installed the shah and that those communists would not have attacked religion like they did everywhere else. We had no choice but to stop the reds. We were smack in the middle of the cold war. Iran wanted to play tiddlywinks with red russia and we spoiled their party, big woo. Look next door and what happened in Afghanistan and still they blame us like we could afford to lose Iran back in the 1950's! Had we let that communist president they elected go ahead, we all might be on our knees scrubbing commissar's boots right this minute. Iran acts like electing a communist would have been all honkey dory, the fools. Reds burned mosques & churches everywhere and forbade religious books. What would Iran be like today had the Holy Koran been banned? That's what every communist dictator did everywhere else as soon as they could.
    These Iranian warships are hazards to navigation. When we sink these ships, we should sink all of Iran's ships, both at sea and in their harbors, all simultaneously in the same instant, little boats, satellites in space, too. The Iyatolluh needs to know that suicide attacks against the USA are a fools device. How else can we tell him? The idiot won't listen, and Iranians keep showing their backsides all the time. Sink them as far away from American soil as possible.
    In Response

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 10, 2014 10:13 AM
    Bubba Nicholson, you make me feel the goose pimples all over. That was a near miss. If we had known it, the best thing should have been to let the reds do their job. You see, the trouble with Iran is their religion, had anything happened to destroy it, the world would be the better for it. As for whether Iran can do anything with its world war 1 frigate, the problem is with red lines which USA under Mr. Obama is afraid to hear of, lest crossing. And so why no? It's only when the puma is crippled that the dear goes to demand its debt from it. Sorry, but other countries are not finding the clout presently to swoop on USA with lilliputian jests. But boy, does the Ayatollah hate USA with PASSION!

    by: Michael Kane from: Bedminster, NJ
    February 09, 2014 8:59 AM
    Yeah tell them dude we have the military might to take on the poorest country on earth with no military and lose.

    by: Samuel Prime from: Canada
    February 09, 2014 2:55 AM
    Iran reminds me of Wile E. Coyote, super genius. LOL.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    February 09, 2014 2:15 AM
    Iran is bluffin, what can that war war 2 ship do to America? Iran just want to show the world that she has military might. Iran isn't nothing. Nonsense, America will buried you Iran. You can only show off on the Obama administration. Why during the Bush administration you didn't do it? the babam knows what stike to clean its behind on. why Iran didn't try that mess doing the Bush administration? This is America, and we still rule supreme. God Bless America
    Comments page of 2
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Processi
    X
    Katherine Gypson
    July 27, 2016 6:21 PM
    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Process

    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video A Life of Fighting Back: Hillary Clinton Shatters Glass Ceiling

    Hillary Clinton made history Thursday, overcoming personal and political setbacks to become the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. If she wins in November, she will go from “first lady” to U.S. Senator from New York, to Secretary of State, to “Madam President.” Polls show Clinton is both beloved and despised. White House Correspondent Cindy Saine takes a look at the life of the woman both supporters and detractors agree is a fighter for the ages.
    Video

    Video Dutch Entrepreneurs Turn Rainwater Into Beer

    June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. Serginho Roosblad has more to the story.
    Video

    Video First Time Delegate’s First Day Frustrations

    With thousands of people filling the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, VOA’s Kane Farabaugh narrowed in on one delegate as she made her first trip to a national party convention. It was a day that was anything but routine for this United States military veteran.
    Video

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.
    Video

    Video Film Helps Save Ethiopian Children Thought to be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at effort of African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora