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An American vessel fired on a boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates today, killing one person and injuring three, according to a U.S. consular official in Dubai.
 
The official gave no other details, but it appeared the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran’s maritime boundaries.
 
Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors.
 
The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and powered by three outboard motors. Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.
 
Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on. Officials moved the boat from the harbor shortly afterward.
 
An Emirati rescue official at the scene confirmed the casualty toll. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the incident between the two allies.
 
U.S. military vessels routinely cross paths with Iranian ships in international waters in the Gulf without incident, but speed boats from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have passed close to U.S. ships in incidents that have raised alarm in Washington.
 
In early 2008, then President Bush accused Iran of a "provocative act" after five small Iranian craft buzzed around the destroyer USS Hopper.
 
Tensions are elevated in the Gulf after Iran last week renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz - the route for one-fifth of the world’s oil - in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program. The U.S. recently boosted its naval presence in the Gulf with additional minesweepers and other warships.
 
The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it was investigating the Monday shooting. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi had no immediate comment, referring all questions to the Navy.
 
Emirati officials could not be reached for comment.

July/16/2012

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US Observer

7/17/2012 6:52:44 PM

Remember is was a similar boat that blew up our USS Cole a few years back. Pretty sure the Navy are not allowing that to happen again.

Murat

7/17/2012 5:11:28 PM

On the other hand, if it were a Turkish navy ship, one could expect no casualties. They would somehow disable the craft without killing anyone. Unfortunately US police uses the same tactics, even civilians, ask Tayron's parents.

Red Tail

7/17/2012 1:47:48 PM

They were warned, and still did not back off? And that is a part of the world where you can expect American soldiders to be tensed? To me it sounds like suicide not to follow orders given by nervous soldiers.

The Prisoner

7/17/2012 12:10:08 PM

Whilst no lover of Americans myself, only US Observer and Murat are talking sense on this thread.

US Observer

7/16/2012 9:13:08 PM

Warned repeatably, strayed from direct course after warning shot, then came back at the vessel. Suicide mission indeed!

Tekion Particle

7/16/2012 8:48:39 PM

Trigger happy Americans.. Shoot first ask questions later...Disgraceful act.

vedos mick

7/16/2012 8:43:24 PM

Easy to mistake a civilian vessel using outboard motors for a serious threat to your world class warship.

Murat

7/16/2012 7:54:32 PM

They were warned first.
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