President Trump says in a tweet that he has told U.S Navy to destroy Iranian boats that harass U.S ships.
According to details, Donald Trump on Wednesday stated in a tweet that he has authorized the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats if they harass American ships at sea.
His announcement comes one week after nearly a dozen of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy boats made several “dangerous and harassing approaches” to U.S. warships conducting joint operations with Army attack helicopters in international waters, U.S. military officials said, Washington Times reported.
On Monday, the IRGC acknowledged the close encounter with the U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, The Associated Press reported.
Tensions sharply escalated in January when the US killed Iran’s second most powerful official, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, and earlier this month, Trump, without citing any evidence, claimed that his administration had information that “Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on US troops and/or assets in Iraq.” He warned of a “heavy price” to pay if such acts were carried out, CNN report said.