USS Cole leaves Lebanon; heads for Persian Gulf

Huh? Did the sailors onboard the Cole just wave at Turkey and Lebanon as they sailed past? What kind of ‘show of support’ is that? And why is the Cole now heading toward the Gulf? — PID

Mar 6, 2008 SMAILIYA, Egypt (AFP) — A US warship deployed off the coast of Lebanon has passed through the Suez Canal and is heading for the Gulf, an official with the canal authority told AFP. “The USS Cole has crossed the Suez Canal and is making its way to the Gulf,” the official said. The United States sent the guided-missile destroyer to waters off the coast of Lebanon on February 28, in what US officials said was “a show of support for regional stability” amid concerns over Lebanon’s protracted political crisis. Full Report