The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd responded to a distress call Thursday, January 5, 2012 from the master of the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai, who claimed he was being held captive by pirates in the Arabian Sea. Kidd's courter-piracy team boarded and detained 15 suspected pirates who were allegedly holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage for the last two months. Kidd is conducting counter-piracy and maritime security operations while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. UPI/U.S. Navy
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Iran has repeatedly threatened it will close the Strait of Hormuz waterway, through which one-fifth of the world's oil supplies pass every day, if new oil sanctions are imposed on Tehran for it's nuclear ambitions. Iran, the world's No. 3 energy exporter, relies on oil exports to finance as much as half its national budget.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by a mere eight votes over surprise contender and former Senator Rick Santorum. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished in a strong third place, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry filling out the rest of the top five.
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