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Iran switches from praise of mining to accusing US

Iran's Foreign Ministry accused the United States and Israel Wednesday of orchestrating a mine-laying campaign in the Red Sea to discredit the Tehran government. This statement contradicted one made Tuesday which praised the ''Islamic Jihad'' group for laying the mines.

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At least 13 vessels have been damaged by explosions in the Red Sea in the past month. At the request of Egypt, a US squadron of mine-sweeping helicopters and a support ship will arrive in the Red Sea area within a week.

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