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Friday, October 14, 2016

Five reasons the Middle East is becoming more dangerous for the US Navy

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval ships’ frequent, aggressive behavior towards the US Navy has hit new levels in the past few months, triggering several risky encounters in the Persian Gulf, even prompting a terse exchange during the first presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump over who would respond better to such provocations if they were in the White House.
Then US navy ships in the Red Sea were targeted on Oct 8 and 12 by missiles from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, a capability the group may have gained from their Iranian backers. Why have the waters in the Middle East become more dangerous recently? Here are five reasons, (hint: they all have to do with Iran):
We may see their behavior as unprofessional, but for the IRGC our presence is illegitimate and fundamentally not deserving of respect.

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