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Indian Fisherman Says U.S. Boat Fired Without Warning

Indian Fisherman Says U.S. Boat Fired Without Warning

By Amena Bakr
DUBAI | Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:18pm EDT

(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 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.

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.

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It's Called "Blackwater Syndrome"

The Navy appears to be picking up bad habits from our "favorite" security contractor. Blackwater convoys would routinely bulldoze their way through dense traffic in Iraqi cities and shoot up perceived or imagined "threats". Woe to those that failed to get out of their way.

A global force for good.

A global force for good.

Trigger happy, just like the USS Vicennes, where the glory-

seeking captain shot down an Iran Air jet, one third of the passengers, children. Get our men and women out of there. RP for Pres, 2012.

That About Sums It Up Dr. "K"

Thanks for posting that bit of knowledge..

reedr3v's picture

No accountability as usual


fireant's picture

There was a time when I'd argue that.

Even now, politicized as the navy is, misconduct on the bridge won't be tolerated. If the cptn was out of order or trigger happy, he'll be relieved of his command, which is as good as death in the navy.

Undo what Wilson did