ABC's Martha Raddatz (subscription required) was on hand in Bahrain to observe a pair of aircraft carriers from the USNavy Fifth Fleet begin war games in the Persian Gulf. She saw "F-15 fighter jets roaring from the deck of both carriers." The games were "hastily planned" Raddatz' unnamed naval sources told her, in response to the capture of 15 British sailors and marines by Iran last week, however "today's US saber rattling goes well beyond the seizure of the British sailors to the overall tensions with Iran." On NBC, Andrea Mitchell noted that the maneuvers are "the largest in the Gulf by the US" since 2003, with 15 warships and more than 100 aircraft. She called Iran's arrest of the British, following the US arrest of Iranians in January, "a dangerous game of tit-for-tat."
Incidentally, Mitchell's reporting from NBC's Washington DC studio was framed in a wide screen format, following NBC's addition of HDTV yesterday. No other reporter appeared on wide screen.
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