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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 04:36 PM

US Navy Fires at Boat in Persian Gulf, Killing One.

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Published on Monday, July 16, 2012 by Common Dreams
US Navy Fires at Boat in Persian Gulf, Killing One
UAE: Fishing boat with four Indians and two Emirates on board
- Common Dreams staff

A US military fuel supply ship fired at a small boat in the Persian Gulf on Monday killing one person and injuring three on board, according to US officials.

The Navy ship, USNS Rappahannock, fired at the "small, white pleasure craft" 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates -- in Gulf waters not far from Iran's maritime boundaries. Officials say the boat had come 'too close' to the Navy supply ship.

A United Arab Emirates official told ABC News it was a fishing boat with four Indians and two Emirates on board.

The small boat was headed for the port when it came within close vicinity of the ship. The US ship 'verbally warned' the boat to turn away. "When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun," officials said.

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Response to Karmadillo (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 05:51 PM

1. "The U.S. is currently in the midst of a massive military build-up in the Persian Gulf"

"The U.S. is currently in the midst of a massive military build-up in the Persian Gulf on a scale not seen in the region since prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq."

Are we headed for another war in the next 12 months?

Who else is reporting on the military build up?

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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 05:52 PM

2. other thought: What language(s) did they issue the warning in?

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