US Admiral: Navy clash reflects shift in Teheran military strategy

The recent confrontation between Iranian and US navy forces in the Gulf reflects a shift in military strategy by Teheran to use its Revolutionary Guard's fast boats in a more aggressive manner in the region, the top US military officer said Friday. And while Adm. Mike Mullen said he could not himself tell if verbal threats heard in a US-aired tape of the incident actually came from the Iranian boats, he said the clash was the most "provocative and dramatic" he has seen to date. "The incident ought to remind us all just how real is the threat posed by Iran and just how ready we are to meet that threat if it comes to it," said Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.