1. Threats

    Iran Warns U.S. Carrier to Stay Away

    In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), foreground, and USS Antietam (CG 54) steam into formation during an exercise, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007,  off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.    The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and accompanying warships have been sent to the Gulf as part of a buildup of forces that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said is aimed to impress on Iran that the four-year war in Iraq has not made America vulnerable. The Stennis, which is expected to arrive in late February, will join an aircraft carrier group already in the region, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (AP Photo/US Navy, Ron Reeves)

    Ron Reeves, US Navy / AP Photo

    Iran’s latest threat: keep that U.S. aircraft carrier out of the Persian Gulf, or else. The carrier left the Gulf because of Iranian naval exercises. "Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill,” said Army chief Ataollah Salehi. Iran wrapped up its 10-day naval exercise yesterday with the firing of two cruise missiles. Meanwhile Iran's currency appears to be taking a beating. It's lost about 35 percent of its value since September, including a steep 12 percent drop yesterday when President Obama signed a bill sanctioning Iran's central bank.

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