DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The U.S. Navy has released video footage showing what it has described as a “provocative” rocket launch by Iran near warships and commercial traffic in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
The U.S. Navy released the footage Saturday of the Dec. 26 encounter with Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels. The footage clearly shows them firing rockets near a commercial vessel.
The Navy has said the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate were nearby at the time.
The strait sees nearly a third of all oil traded by sea pass through it. It was the scene of past confrontations between America and Iran, including a one-day naval battle in 1988.
The incident came despite a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, including the U.S.
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