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.
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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