After the Stennis and Mobile Bay left the Strait, an Iranian military leader warned the U.S. Navy not to return to the Persian Gulf, where the Strait is located. According to CBS News, Iran army chief Ataollah Salehi told IRNA, Iran's state news agency:
In response, Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement:
The whole brouhaha began when Iran decided to conduct a 10-day naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz in December. According to CBS News, the point of the military exercise was to prove to the world that Iran could close off the Strait if it chose to. That's a big deal, as one-sixth of the world's oil exports must pass through the Straight each and every day.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was killed Tuesday in an Islamic State group attack near the city of Irbil. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that as the war intensifies, "these risks will continue."
More than three dozen San Diego military veterans graduated Friday from Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit that for free trains and certifies veterans in jobs such as welding, machining and fabrication. Read More