Iranian Laser Targets US Forces In Strait Of Hormuz

Sputnik International     Posted Thurs., June 15, 2017

Iranian ships directed a laser at a US Super Stallion helicopter flying over the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. Such behavior is “unsafe and unprofessional,” a US Navy spokesman said.

Two US Navy ships from the Fifth Fleet sailing into the Persian Gulf were greeted by Iranian ships, which came within 800 yards of one of the US vessels and shined a bright spotlight at them and their accompanying chopper.

The US Navy wasn’t pleased. “Illuminating helicopters with lasers at night is dangerous as it creates a navigational hazard that can impair vision and can be disordering to pilots using night vision goggles,” Commander Bill Urban said on Wednesday.

The US Marines’ Super Stallion fired warning flares in response, according to, but no people were hurt or property damaged during the event.

Meanwhile, Iranian drones have become a regular nuisance for US vessels transiting one of the world’s most significant waterways

The incident is a microcosm of a much larger feud between Washington and Tehran. On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill that lumps together sanctions against Iran with similar measures imposed on Russia—a rare moment of bipartisanship for Washington.

Hawks in Washington have long blamed Iran for instability in the Middle East despite a concrete email trail from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling confidants that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have funded Daesh (ISIS) and other extremist elements in the Middle East.

Geo-security risks in the Strait of Hormuz: What’s at stake?

The Strait of Hormuz is a “chokepoint” for 20 percent of the world’s oil, according to the US Energy Information Agency. More than one-third (35 percent) of all seaborne traded oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz annually, heightening the risk of shortages, should conflict erupt between US and Iranian ships, or any naval forces for that matter.

Chokepoints are “geographically-constrained routes, potentially vulnerable to disruption, that carry large volumes of oil, gas, or both,” the Brooking Institution’s Robin Mills wrote in a 2016 report.

The US became the world’s largest oil producer in 2014, according to geopolitics expert and Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer, while the US took the top spot in natural gas production in 2010. “More than three-quarters of the oil passing through the strait today is headed for Asia,” Bremmer wrote in his book “Superpower.” “Just 12 percent is headed for the Americas, and eight percent for Europe,” Bremmer added.


About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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