Iranian state media confirmed that a friendly fire incident during a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf resulted in the deaths of 19 of the country’s sailors on Sunday.
Iranian state TV reported that an anti-ship missile fired from the frigate Jamaran hit the light support ship Konarak. The latter had been setting up a practice target, and the frigate fired its missile before the Konarak cleared the field of fire. At least nineteen sailors have been killed and fifteen were reported wounded.
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target.”
Iran is fiercely protective of its interests in the Persian Gulf and often deploys naval forces in the Strait of Hormuz as a thumb in the eye of Saudi Arabia. 21% of oil used for global consumption travels through the strait, and blocking it off would prove to be devastating to the Shia Islamic Republic’s Sunni rival.
This isn’t the first time that the Iranian military has killed its own citizens through questionable friendly fire incidents. The country’s air defense forces shot down a civilian airliner over Tehran during a moment of tension with the United States in January, downing Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752. The nation’s state media tried to cover up the airliner catastrophe, and the reports of the deaths at sea from Iranian state TV may suggest the nation’s Islamist government wants to avoid being busted doing as such again.
Tragically enough for the Iranian people, the nation’s Islamist dictatorship seems adept enough at killing its own people without western involvement.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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