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Good evening I'm Bret -- would begin tonight with the politics and the finances of US national security.
And global conflict with fox team coverage Mike Emanuel on Capitol Hill with former Vice President Dick -- -- warning to lawmakers about massive defense cuts.
-- -- live in Jerusalem with speculation.
But Syria's president may already be using chemical weapons against rebels.
We start off of national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon on the latest US move concerning Iran to -- Jennifer.
Good evening Brett today the Defense Department announced an unprecedented.
It will take place near but not in the Strait of Hormuz according to US Central Command.
This is not.
And exercise is that it's seem to have to deliver a message from Iran this is.
An exercise that's designed.
Within this multi national forum.
All of the increase or our capabilities and a corporation.
Not only is the Pentagon deploying the USS John C Stennis aircraft carrier group four months early to the Persian gulf.
While denying it is moving toward a three carrier policy this summer.
It is also deploying an X band radar site and -- that anti missile defense shield to the gulf.
To monitor Iranian ballistic missiles.
All of this after stationing a squadron of F 22 stealth fighter jets in the Persian gulf.
And the USS Ponce say now reconfigured to be a floating dock.
For special operations and 2006.
Iranian divers carried out a military exercise shown here.
Placing mines underwater mines designed to stop international warships -- traffic in the Persian gulf.
The Pentagon announcement came one day after a -- shooting incident in which the US and S rapper -- a navy oil tanker fired on this.
Fifty foot fishing vessel that got within 100 yards of its port side.
After the navy says the boat ignored warnings to halt.
One Indian was killed three were injured the Indian ambassador to the UA he says he spoke to the survivors and they say the US in S -- -- Fired its fifty caliber machine gun without warning.
There were in fact -- measures that.
Were taken them based on what we know now.
This is under investigation.
And roll know the full facts the sensitive once that investigation is complete.
The last time that shots were fired in a hostile incident involving a US navy ship in the Persian gulf was 1988.
US navy warship some plane -- -- crippled six Iranian naval vessels in a series of clashes then.
The 1988 battle followed an incident in which a US ship.
Was damaged by -- thought to be it had been laid by Iran -- -- -- the Pentagon Jennifer thank you a Syrian.
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