Iran threatens to fire on Navy aircraft
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published: September 14, 2016
WASHINGTON — Iran threatened to fire on two U.S. Navy aircraft in three separate incidents last weekend, the latest escalation of tension between the two countries, the Navy said Tuesday.
The patrol aircraft, which Fox News identified as a P-8 Poseidon and an EP-3 Aries, were on separate routine surveillance patrols Saturday over the Strait of Hormuz, the southern entrance to the Persian Gulf.
“An Iranian Air Defense station challenged the two aircraft…informing them that that were flying near Iranian airspace, and if they did not change course immediately that ‘we will fire Iranian missile’,” said Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Bahrain-based Navy spokesman.
The two aircraft replied that “this is a coalition aircraft conducting routine operations in international airspace” and continued their respective missions, he said.