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No Warning Before US Attack in Gulf, Witness Says

A photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a small vessel that was fired upon by the U.S. Navy off Dubai's coast on Monday, July 16, 2012. A photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a small vessel that was fired upon by the U.S. Navy off Dubai's coast on Monday, July 16, 2012.
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A photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a small vessel that was fired upon by the U.S. Navy off Dubai's coast on Monday, July 16, 2012.
A photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a small vessel that was fired upon by the U.S. Navy off Dubai's coast on Monday, July 16, 2012.
An Indian fisherman who was aboard a boat shot at by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf has told officials that his crew did not receive any warning before the attack.

One Indian was killed and three others were wounded Monday when the U.S. Navy refueling ship fired on the fishing vessel.  U.S. officials say the small boat had ignored repeated warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. vessel.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said Tuesday it was unfortunate that a fisherman was killed in the incident.  He said his government is in contact with India's ambassadors in Washington and Dubai and that the United Arab Emirates is investigating the incident.

The United States has been expanding its forces in the Gulf as it seeks to increase pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

On Tuesday, Iran said the recent shooting incident showed that foreign forces threatened regional security.

 

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
 

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by: Anonymous
July 18, 2012 11:48 PM
As an Iranian who does not support my government, I have to say I find this story really funny. US scared the... of Arabs and shoots at them while killing some indian workers in UAE in the Persian Gulf. Iranian army and the corps are not stupid. They know how to act even if a war breaks out. Iranians are not suicidals like the Arabs. Americans should know better. So its funny that Arabs who are scared of Iranians have Americans based there and they get a taste of their stupidity like this. So funny. Sorry but it is funny. I mean they are not at war with each other or anything! But mistaking arab boat as an Iranian, well that is stupid


by: William P. G. Shaw from: Scotland
July 18, 2012 2:57 AM
About the small boat approaching a US warship, Is there no non-destructive way of preventing a boat from coming near to a warship? Without being actually present you cannot know what was really happening. It should be remembered that in the past, suicide bombers in a boat killed seventeen American sailors, but also the Americans downed an Iranian air liner as did the Soviets down a South Korean airliner. There seems to be no innocent parties on God's Earth.


by: Anonymous
July 17, 2012 3:25 PM
US sailors did not forget the USS Cole incident.

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by: CK from: Saigon
July 19, 2012 12:24 AM
To Ian from USA?
1- Spratlys island resulted in disputes between VN, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and China. It has to be solved by COC. Fishermen should not fishing in the vicinity during this tension period if they don't want to be arrested or killed. However, VN Gov.t is pushing them out by saying " they're protecting their lands!".

2. Waging war against other countries with a vague accusation (creating nuclear bomb) is condemned by the world. Its plot - I already quoted in below message - is the same as that of in Iraq and Afganistan. That's why the US will have many enemies in the future.

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by: Ian from: USA
July 18, 2012 2:32 PM
To CK from saigon,

Why don't you watch the video on you Tube called" China's massacre in Truong Sa archipelago in 1988", and then tell us whether you think your big brother China is more noble (then the USA) in his greed to claim your oil rich islands.
I cried when I watch it.
Do you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFucSXHoWPA

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by: CK from: Saigon
July 17, 2012 10:54 PM
The US is about to wage war against Iran for just its interests, ignoring the innocent people and families of itself and Iran's. What a stupid action !! The US forgot what they left behind in Iraq and Afganistan - chaos and disorder !!


by: Jones from: New York
July 17, 2012 1:31 PM
I am an American and i believe the Indian fisherman.The United States is a country that believes in winning at all cost.Our government puts more value on American lives than any other human being.We kill thousands of innocent people through our illegal invasions without blinking. But when one of our soldiers are killed by someone defending their country we want the whole country to mourn.We are not better than other human beings in this world.For a so called peaceful country we sure have an awful lot of nuclear weapons and we are also the only country to have built them and used them to kill people.With that track record any country that should not be allowed to have nuclear technology should be us the United States.Anyone who disagrees with me is obviously brainwashed.The United States couldn't care less what an Indian fisherman says.Truth be told the guys that fired the missile are probably laughing and giving each other high fives.Shame on us.

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by: qiufeng from: china
July 18, 2012 6:55 AM
I am not an American but i believe American!

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by: Richard from: Arizona, USA
July 17, 2012 8:39 PM
I'm a former naval intel officer and I can state positively that a warning via communications was in fact sent. It is standard. They may not have had their radio on, but it was sent. We then would, "if" possible, shot over the bow of the offending boat. If no change in direction was then made, they would come under fire.NOT BEFORE. Secondly, with the situation in that area on a knifes edge, are people REALLY stupid enough to approach any military ship at all? And lastly, YOU are not an AMERICAN. Even if you were born here. Your statements are slanted so strongly against American values that it simply is sickening to even give you a reply. But something so vile has to have a reply. I would also like to say that while I served my country, it was never in service of someone like you! People that love freedom, courage, self determination and justice are the people I served for. Also in responce to you, I never met anyone while I was in the service that ever thought they were better than other people. Freedom is worth defending and your freedom rather you like it or not depends on what those brave men and women at sea are doing. So the next time you sit behind your keyboard and start typing junk like you just entered take that into concideration and show them some support. "IF you really are an citizen of the United States.

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by: Darr247 from: USA
July 17, 2012 2:22 PM
If it had been a missle, they would all be dead.

The ship fired warning shots into the water ahead of the boat and the pilot was either not paying attention or deliberately ignored them and continued heading straight for the ship.

The fishermen were stupid heading straight at the ship, or even being on an intercept course with it... what were they thinking?


by: rajuji from: india
July 17, 2012 1:29 PM
Would be interesting to hear what the pilot of the aircraft has to say.
Though it's obvious that they saw armageddon and they had to avert it for the larger sake of humanity and ofcourse it was a last resort measure authorised by the pentagon.
Throw some breadcrums to the affected.


by: johnny cage from: US
July 17, 2012 1:20 PM
That's Obama in charge for you.

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by: Ian from: USA
July 18, 2012 3:36 PM
Wow, this is quite interesting remark.
-Was pres. Obama on the indian boat? Did he direct it toward the US boat? Did he influence the fishermen decision?
-Was he on the American boat?
-Believe me, The president would not be ably to do anything unless our congress & senate also agree to it.
-Did you make the similar remark when pres. Bush was in the White house?
-With this rate, we might as well blame Obama for making us forgetting about having some coffee this morning.


by: wenall from: usa
July 17, 2012 1:15 PM
wakeup you rag heads in iran. area security is only treatened by you rag heads..


by: george from: new jersey
July 17, 2012 1:13 PM
Indians should be glad it was only one of them got killed. next time they see US warship, will stay far away as possible.


by: CA Satish Shetty from: Mumbai
July 17, 2012 1:12 PM
Our fishermen should understand how to follow the rules in international waters.US navy is very professional and very desciplined.I don't find any fault in them.

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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
July 17, 2012 10:16 PM
Now I believe what westerners say Indians are harmless. Indians love white people even themselves get killed by white people. How moving. And Indians love to kill each others, Indians and Pakistanis are the same race.


by: Nick Nevada from: Addison
July 17, 2012 1:11 PM
I don't believe it for a second... shame on Voice of America for shooting off a half baked "story"...the Navy has very strict procedure.... especially now in this region.... Only those who desperately want to believe it ,,, will...

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