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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Indian fishermen say U.S. ship fired without warning killing 1, injuring others

Was this a Gulf of Tonkin type false flag incident being created to escalate tension in the Mideast? 

(Reuters) - Indian fishermen who survived a hail of gunfire from a U.S. navy boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates disputed U.S. claims that their boat drew fire after ignoring warnings to steer clear of the American vessel. One Indian national was killed and three others injured on Monday when the USNS Rappahannock, a refueling ship, fired on the fishing vessel, which the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet said approached at high speed and ignored repeated warnings.
Navy ship.The incident highlighted the potential for a rapid escalation of tensions in Gulf waters, where U.S. forces are expanding their presence as Washington ramps up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. The fishermen, hospitalized with gunshot wounds after the incident near Dubai's Jebel Ali port, said on Tuesday that they received no warning before the U.S. craft opened fire, and that their craft had attempted to avoid any contact with it. "We had no warning at all from the ship, we were speeding up to try and go around them and then suddenly we got fired at," 28-year-old Muthu Muniraj told Reuters from hospital, his legs punctured by the rounds of the U.S. craft's .50-caliber gun.
"We know warning signs and sounds and there were none; it was very sudden. My friend was killed, he's gone. I don't understand what happened." Read More
Eerily reminiscent of an event that occurred nearly 50 years ago in the Gulf of Tonkin, an incident that drew America into the Vietnam War, a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet ship patrolling waters in the Persian Gulf fired on a small vessel, killing at least one. Read More

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