FOX News: Defense official: Iran confrontations with US Navy up 50 percent this year
Dangerous confrontations between Iranian and American warships in the Persian Gulf are up more than 50 percent in 2016 compared with this time last year, according to a U.S. defense official – despite the highly touted nuclear accord, as well as a recent $1.7 billion U.S. payment to Tehran.
The latest incidents of provocative Iranian behavior flared in the Persian Gulf earlier this week, including one filmed by the U.S. Navy. The video showed four Iranian gunboats from its Revolutionary Guard Corps coming within 300 yards of USS Nitze, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
The incident was part of a troubling pattern, according to stats shared with Fox News.
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WNU Editor: This analysis on why this is happening is probably correct .... Iran Probes for U.S. Weaknesses in Gulf Encounters (US News and World Report).