Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: defense official

August 24, 2016 8:59 PM

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Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: defense official

WASHINGTON Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional."

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