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US Navy Fires On Fishermen 'Without Warning'
Indian fishermen have accused the US Navy of opening fire on their fishing vessel without warning off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Their account disputes a claim by a US official that the fishermen were given clear signals and repeated warnings to stay away from the USNS Rappahannock, a refuelling boat.
The incident has caused a minor diplomatic crisis with New Delhi still waiting for a 'clear explanation' as to what happened.
One fisherman was killed in the attack, which took place near Dubai's Jebel Ali port on Monday - others suffered serious gunshot injuries.
Muthu Muniraj, 28, who is being treated in hospital for multiple wounds to his legs, told the Reuters news agency that he and his colleagues were given no indication they were about to be shot at.
He said: "We had no warning at all from the ship. We were speeding up to try to go around them and then suddenly we got fired at.
"We know warning sounds and signs and there were none; it was very sudden. My friend was killed. He's gone. I don't understand what happened."
A spokesman for the US Navy, Lt. Greg Raelson, refused to go into detail about exactly what happened because an 'internal investigation' is still ongoing.
"Non-lethal measures were taken while attempting to signal the vessel," he said.
"But the fishing boat did not heed the warning. That was when the security team fired rounds from the .50 caliber. Our ships have an inherent right to self-defence against lethal threats."
The incident has highlighted the possibility of escalating tensions in Gulf waters, where the US is boosting its presence to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme.
Tehran denies it is seeking a nuclear bomb but says the presence of foreign forces is a threat to regional stability.
The US has been extremely cautious of attacks on its naval vessels since two al Qaeda suicide bombers rammed the USS Cole in 2000, killing 17 sailors.
In February the US navy claimed Iran was building up its forces in the Gulf and was preparing boats to be used in suicide attacks.
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what do you think?
Your not safe when the American military are near, wether friend or enemy, civilian or even one of their own. Its 1st Airbourne Cavalry in Apocalypse Now time again. . . . . They love the smell of napalm in the mornings - and charlie dont surf !
The real story emerging after the US damage limitation exercise?
You're a hoot John.You wouldn't know the real story if it bit you on the leg, old bean. You're too busy bending every story to fit your anti western propaganda.
Americans always wear the white hats in your little world do they chum?
Maybe you would feel more at home in Russia or Iran chum. LOL.
What have you got against fishermen Alex? perhaps they have the "wrong" shade of skin colour? is that your problem?
I don't have a problem old bean, but then I have an open mind that's not poisoned by anti western propaganda. You assume that anyone who disagrees with your warped and clearly biased point of view is somehow flawed.
Are you a yank by any chance old fruit? That would explain your rabid defence of any atrocity that the US military commit.
I'm not a Yank, nor do I defend everything they do. These are your words not mine. Once again proving beyond all doubt that you are totally brainwashed and can't handle anything that does not fit into your interpretation of events old bean. You need to get out more chum.LOL.
Oh dear, this news item will shortly disappear, and I do like needling right wing zealots, such jolly fun old chap.
I've quite enjoyed it myself John. It would take more than a left wing bigot to bother me.
Bye bye Alex.
Bye Bye John.
Lt Gregg Raelson fogive me but Non lethal measures, mean you dont attack with.50 calibre rounds,them being leathal
"Non-lethal measures were taken while attempting to signal the vessel," After this they then opened fire! How is this being anything other than defending your self, bearing in mind the attacks from pirates in the region! And who can forget the attack on the US navy ship that ended up killing the sailors. Or maybe some people are able to forget when it suits!!!
yanks !! what else can you expect ?
Nobody is safe from the dumb yanks not even their allies.
The US military make a habit of firing upon friendly forces so what makes fishermen any different. And as far as explaining what happened is concerned don't believe a word they say. Remember the Iranian airliner they shot down. They lied in their back teeth, changed chart positions and voice transcripts etc to limit the political damage.
My father used to say of WW2. When then Germans started shooting the British kept their heads down, When the British started shooting the Germans kept their heads down, but when the yanks started shooting EVERYBODY kept their heads down even themselves. Seems like nothing has changed