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    Iranian naval forces' harassment of four US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf is not acceptable, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said in a press briefing on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iranian naval forces harassed four US Navy ships sailing in the Persian Gulf in recent days, requiring US personnel to fire flares and warning shots to deter the aggressive maneuvers, US Department of Defense spokesperson Peter Cook said earlier.

    "It’s unclear exactly what their intentions were or what their aims might have been, but the behavior that we have seen is not acceptable," Earnest stated.

    One of the US warships subjected to the harassment, the Squall, fired warning shots in the direction of the approaching Iranian vessels causing them to turn away.


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