STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Eyes are on strait as US-Iran tensions build

CNN's Nic Robertson reports from near the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran conducted naval exercises.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 11:11 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2018 11:26 AM

Iran said its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps held a naval exercise in the Strait of Hormuz last week "within the framework of their annual training program."

The exercise was held with aim of "controlling and maintaining the security of the international waterway of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and to proportionately counter any threats by the enemy," semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported.

"Operation was part of IRGC's annual training program," Tasnim said. It said it included naval and aerospace units, and was described as "successful" by IRGC Chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Ja'fari,

Iran's actions in the globally significant waterway raised concerns last week after a US assessment found IRGC assembled a fleet of more than 100 boats and hundreds of Iranian troops were expected to participate.

CNN International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson witnessed more than 100 oil tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman on Friday, waiting to enter the strait and load up with oil.

US officials said the major naval exercise was meant to demonstrate Iran's ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which would have ripple effects across the globe.

The strait connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea. The US Energy Information Administration calls it "the world's most important oil transit chokepoint," with 20% of oil traded worldwide moving through the waterway, which is about 30 miles wide at its narrowest point.

The US military has been trying to encourage other nations in the region, especially Saudi Arabia, to take a strong line on keeping the Gulf open in the face of rising Iranian rhetoric. They have also expressed concern about keeping open the waterways off Yemen where Iranian-backed rebels have attacked oil tankers.

The Iranian military maneuvers are normally held later in the year and heavily publicized by Iran, Robertson reported. But this year's exercise was timed to take place as US prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran nuclear deal.

Outrage by Iran's leaders when Trump took the decision in May is now being supercharged by small street protests against the government over the economy and the threat of more as the situation worsens.

The Iranian riyal is down 25% against the dollar. Monday, US sanctions will kick in, banning the purchase of US dollars, gold and other precious metals, and in early November oil, shipping and ports will be hit by the second phase of the same sanctions.

Hardship is coming to Iran. Hormuz is the place they can transfer that pain to the rest of the world.

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 65°
Kokomo
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 63°
Rensselaer
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Fowler
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 61°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 65°
Crawfordsville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 60°
Frankfort
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 63°
Delphi
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 61°
Monticello
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 61°
Logansport
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Some more showers & storms ahead.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 67122

Reported Deaths: 2971
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion14578718
Lake6994269
Elkhart456676
Allen3557157
St. Joseph307179
Hamilton2446104
Cass17439
Hendricks1731105
Vanderburgh167912
Johnson1631118
Porter114439
Tippecanoe108511
Clark106245
Madison83364
LaPorte81829
Kosciusko81412
Howard79864
Marshall73922
Bartholomew72747
Monroe67430
Floyd66544
Delaware62852
Boone62646
Noble62428
Dubois61612
Hancock60837
Jackson5474
LaGrange53910
Shelby50826
Grant49629
Warrick48830
Dearborn45628
Vigo45410
Morgan41232
Henry35818
Clinton3493
White34410
Montgomery33621
Lawrence32527
Wayne3139
Decatur31032
Harrison28222
Miami2562
Scott24410
Daviess24019
Greene23534
Putnam2178
DeKalb2144
Jennings20812
Jasper1992
Franklin19710
Gibson1963
Steuben1953
Ripley1867
Perry17012
Orange16124
Starke1617
Wabash1553
Posey1540
Fayette1507
Jefferson1482
Whitley1446
Carroll1392
Fulton1391
Wells1292
Knox1260
Huntington1183
Spencer1103
Newton10910
Washington1071
Randolph1024
Tipton1025
Clay945
Jay810
Adams792
Rush794
Owen781
Sullivan741
Pulaski711
Brown691
Fountain622
Benton600
Blackford512
Parke461
Ohio454
Switzerland430
Martin420
Crawford410
Pike410
Vermillion340
Union280
Warren191
Unassigned0200

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events