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Monitoring Iranian Aggression in the Persian Gulf

Iran continues to harass U.S. air and naval assets in the Persian Gulf. Twice in the past week, Iranian drones have provocatively approached a U.S. ship and associated aircraft operating in international waters. On August 8, an Iranian Sadegh-1 drone came within 100 feet of an F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter aircraft preparing to land on the USS Nimitz. An Iranian drone drew close to the carrier a second time on August 13, marking the fourteenth “unsafe or unprofessional” encounter between U.S. and Iranian vessels in 2017. The Department of Defense reported 24 such incidents in 2015 and 35 in 2016.

This interactive graphic maps publicized incidents in 2017 with approximate coordinates. Hover over an icon to learn the details of the incident. FDD will continue to monitor Iranian aggression in the Gulf and update this map accordingly.