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Saturday, May 18, 2019, 17:11
US issues warning on airspace near Gulf as Iran tensions simmer
By Reuters
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 17:11 By Reuters

A handout photo made available by the Iranian Navy office on Feb 23, 2019, shows Iranian Navy submarines sailing during an Iranian navy drill in the Gulf of Oman, on Feb 22. (PHOTO / IRANIAN NAVY OFFICE / AFP)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory to US commercial airliners flying over the waters of the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to exercise caution as tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to simmer. 

Tensions have risen in recent days, with concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict

The advisory, issued by the FAA on Thursday and circulated late on Friday, said the warning came amidst "heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region which present an increasing inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or mis-identification".

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Tensions have risen in recent days, with concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict. Earlier this week, the United States pulled some diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following weekend attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf. 

Washington has increased economic sanctions and built up its military presence in the region, accusing Iran of threats to US troops and interests. Tehran has described those steps as "psychological warfare" and a "political game". 

On Friday, a defiant Iran said it could "easily" hit US ships.

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