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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.
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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.

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by: Natalee from: UK
February 09, 2014 1:37 AM
listen to the squalid Iranians here... they are obsessed with Israel... LOL why is it..?? envy..? Jealousy..? low self esteem..? LOL whatever the cause of it - its so funny

by: Ryan from: Iran-Kurdistan
February 08, 2014 10:20 PM
What on earth these idiots with boats are about to do?
CAN'T SHOW OFF WITH YOUR BOATS DUDE, GET YOUR *** BACK HOME...

by: Norman Frazier from: Gladewater, Texas
February 08, 2014 8:37 PM
Suicide mission, one way only, carrying nuclear toxins, explosives, helicopters to evac personal, must be boarded and inspected with geiger instruments at a safe location away from populations or sunk.
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by: Zal Jupit
February 09, 2014 8:57 AM
Figures a guy from Texas would comment this BS.

by: steve from: CT
February 08, 2014 7:23 PM
a) who cares
b) i bet they run out of fuel...they have no open ocean experience
c) we should randomly surface and dive submarines on their six...the cadets will s*** their pants, and "that move will have a message"

by: J.A.Carel from: Wa State
February 08, 2014 7:22 PM
I think it's wonderful that the iranians have gotten themselves some boats that can actually cross the Atlantic. Welcome to the neighborhood! Hope no one dissatisfied with Iran's nuclear power grab, or their support for terrorism around the world , does anything to sabotage their little "Navy".
If they get in trouble, i would expect the US to save any personnel we can, but allow the tubs to sink.
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by: Marty Courtney
February 09, 2014 9:12 AM
@mike k, where do you get your real news? The al-Queda Daily Times?
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by: Mike K. from: NYC
February 08, 2014 8:07 PM
Nope. Still no evidence Iran is working on a nuke. Lots of evidence Israel has provided fake intel {google laptop of death} to try to lie us into another war, as the Zionist-neocons in the Office of Special Plans did before Iraq {google "the lie factory" at Mother Jones}... lotsof evidence Netanyahu stole nuclear tech from the US as part of a smuggling ring, and has been crying wolf over Iranian nukes while building more of his own and putting some on subs...
http://www.washingtonpost.COM/blogs/fact-checker/post/netanyahus-claim-that-iran-is-six-months-from-having-nuclear-bomb-material/2012/09/16/7497078e-002f-11e2-b260-32f4a8db9b7e_blog.html

by: russell lee from: manila, philippines
February 08, 2014 6:56 PM
I think the united states need not be overbearing as to Iran.

by: Steve Martin from: New jersey
February 08, 2014 6:48 PM
What a waste of money keeping the Voice of America in operation. What do we have to do to shut it down in period when the Country is spending more than it takes in.

As far as iran sending a ship near us boarders I feel like tiny Tim is running that ship.

by: kurt dustin from: crabtree
February 08, 2014 6:44 PM
i have little faith in the sea worthyness of the irainian navy. prior exposuer to navies of other counties and not many can maintain an on staion presence.its all about logistics, training and commitment.
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by: Joseph Brescia from: USA
February 09, 2014 8:59 AM
We'll We had to expect the smaller powers to acquire Naval Forces sooner or later.
After all one source remarking about the new Chinese Carriers said not to worry as they were small tho a reply said:
'If they have enough range to make it to the West Coast they are big enough'.after all the Nagumo force was small but they bombed Pearl Harbor didnt they?.
'Myself i wouldn't sweat the Iranians too much after all the Jap and German Navies were better and we beat both of them so I doubt Iran would be too much problem and their poorly built and softly armored ships would be little more that Target practice for us.
Last Point:
Still the real problem would be the Oil Slick from their sinking that would wash up and contaminate our beaches.......
Now that -WOULD- be a problem.
Nevada Joe
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