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Show of force launched near Iran U.S. Navy launches show of force off Iran’s coast, just days before scheduled talks in Baghdad

(AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Ships packed with 17,000 sailors and Marines moved into the Persian Gulf on Wednesday as the U.S. Navy staged another show of force off Iran’s coast just days before U.S.-Iran talks in Baghdad. 

The carrier strike groups led by the carriers John C. Stennis and Nimitz were joined by the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard and its own strike group, which includes two landing ships carrying 2,100 members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 

Aircraft aboard the two carriers and the Bonhomme Richard were to conduct air training while the ships ran submarine, mine and other exercises. The ships are based on the West Coast. 

The war games appear to be a clear warning to Tehran, coming just ahead of the Baghdad talks and as the United Nations contemplates tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. 

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Iran continues to defy U.N. Security Council demands to scrap its uranium enrichment program and has instead expanded its activities. 

The United States has accused Iran of covertly developing nuclear weapons; Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.


May 25, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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