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DEVELOPING: Iran Downs US Navy Drone

US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile

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A U.S. official says Iran has shot down a Navy drone flying in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz. The official spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity as the information had yet to be cleared for release to the public.

Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the drone had violated Iranian airspace. But US military said it had been over international waters.

Salami gave a speech on Iranian state television today where he said the drone shoot down sent “a clear message” to the U.S. “Shooting down the American spy drone had a clear, decisive, firm and accurate message,” he said, translated from Farsi. “The message is that the guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this land. The only solution for the enemies is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran.”

Mr. President, do what your predecessors failed to do. Meet this threat with overwhelming might and push them back to the Stone Age…

The incident is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a direct attack on a U.S. military asset that goes beyond recent attacks in the Middle East that the U.S. has blamed on Iran.

Mr. President, do what your predecessors failed to do. Meet this threat with overwhelming might and push them back to the Stone Age and defeat this enemy once and for all. Otherwise, we will be saying in twenty years “Trump should have stopped them before they became a nuclear power.”