By: Mir M.Hosseini
In a clear move to protect Saddam's regime from losing the war, U.S. navy staged some attacks on Iranian oil platforms and ships in the Persian Gulf. Iran Ajr was the name of the ship that was attacked by U.S. helicopters. In this attack some of Iranian sailors were killed while others tried to flee the ship on a motorboat. The Iranian ship was scuttled and sank in the Persian Gulf on Sep, 26. Americans claimed that Iran Ajr was used to lay naval mines during the Iran–Iraq War. Iran's media remained oddly silent on the issue.
With the pretext of protecting U.S.-flagged petroleum-carrying ships in the Persian Gulf, U.S. violated many international laws during the Iran–Iraq War. In July, 1988, U.S. navy shot down an Iranian civilian airplane killing all passengers on board.