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President Donald Trump said at the White House on Thursday that the United States Navy had shot down an Iranian drone that was flying over the Strait of Hormuz.

The drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, Trump said.

Moreover, it did not obey “multiple calls to stand down,” the president added, according to CNN, “and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone,” Trump said, per CNBC.

As a result, the drone “was immediately destroyed.”

Trump decried Iran’s actions in international waters against ships belonging to other nations.

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” Trump said.

“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interest and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce,” he added.

The U.S., Trump said, “reserves [the] right to defend our personnel, facilities, condemn iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”

Moreover, other nations should “protect their ships as they go through the straight and work with us in the future,” he added.

The Pentagon confirmed the incident in a statement to CNBC.

“At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz,” the Pentagon said.

“A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” the statement added.

As The Hill noted, this incident comes roughly a month after Iran shot down a U.S. drone, which it claimed had flown over its airspace.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. mike dar

    July 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Iran probing U.S. defenses. Fwiw, a drone can carry a missile, 1000 yards might be a 4 second travelled distance by missile… a missile that could carry a microbial containment in its warhead. Or even very poisonous Plutonium in powder form.
    Lots easier to shoot down a much slower drone than missile… the Iranians are probing, measuring distances and speeds of defenses, accuracy….
    Effectively, while doing almost zero harm on impact it only requires as little a missile as a 2.75 >< rocket to 'infect' a ship and take it out of 'Action'.
    Iran is probing.. and America better expand well beyond 1000 yards a protection envelope.

  2. Big Montana

    July 19, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I can’t help but wonder if this was a False Flag perpetrated by the Mossad to bait us into a war with Iran.

  3. Big Montana

    July 19, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I can’t help but wonder if this was a False Flag perpetrated by Mossad to bait America into a war with Iran.

  4. FAST EDDIE

    July 19, 2019 at 10:42 am

    All I can say is “GOOD SHOT”.

  5. Andre Alexsen

    July 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    bomb the shit out of all of Iran 。。。。。

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