U.S. Navy Warship On Fire In Persian Gulf
A U.S. Navy warship stationed in the Persian Gulf has reportedly caught fire, with officials not ruling out that a "blast" was the cause of the blaze.
According to Press TV, the vessel was moved to the Iraqi port cities of Al-Bakr and al-Amaya following the fire.
"The sources did not rule out the possibility that a blast had started the fire on the vessel that was said to be "one of the four US warships in the region," the report added.
U.S. military officials are yet to comment on the report.
Fears of a Gulf of Tonkin style provocation to grease the skids for an invasion of Iran have repeatedly surfaced in the media.
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Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in July that top Neo-Cons, including Vice President Dick Cheney, had convened to brainstorm ways of building a pretext for a military strike on Tehran.
The meeting took place in Cheney’s office and the subject on the table was “how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,” part of an ongoing effort to provide an excuse to attack Iran. “There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war,” Hersh explains. “The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.”
In January, the Pentagon released video footage and an audio tape that allegedly depicted Iranian aggression against U.S. Navy warships in the Straight of Hormuz.
The video tape failed to show any aggressive action on behalf of the Iranian patrol boats and many dismissed the audio tape as a crude fake.
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