President Trump confirmed Thursday that the US military shot-down an Iranian unmanned drone operating over the Straits of Hormuz; saying the Islamic Republic takes “hostile actions” on a routine basis.
“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”
Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed the aircraft after it flew within 1,000 yards, “ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”
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“The incident marked the latest escalation of tensions between the two sides. Iran last month shot down a U.S. surveillance drone that it claimed was flying over Iranian airspace, which nearly prompted a retaliatory strike,” reports the Hill.
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