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Trump Says Navy Ship Destroyed Iranian Drone Over Strait Of Hormuz

NPR

A U.S. Navy warship called the USS Boxer took down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump said, adding, “The drone was immediately destroyed.” A senior Iranian official has denied that the country lost a drone.

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone,” Trump said, giving details about the encounter at the start of a flag presentation ceremony at the White House. He said the drone had closed to about 1,000 yards from the U.S. ship, “ignoring multiple calls to stand down.” 

The drone was threatening the safety of the U.S. ship and its crew, Trump said.

In a statement about the incident, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that a drone approached the USS Boxer at around 10 a.m. local time and that the ship was in international waters, sailing in “an inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.”

Hoffman described the drone as a “fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS).”

On Friday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister denied that one of the country’s drones was taken down.

“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Abbas Araghchi said in tweet. “I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!”

While few details about the drone are available, a U.S. defense official tells NPR’s Tom Bowman that the drone was “assessed to be Iranian” and that it was taken down by the Boxer because of “an aggressive act.”

“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 interests.”

This took place one day after Iran’s military unveiled a new drone that it says is entirely Iranian-made. Called the Mohajer 6, the rear-propelled fixed-wing aircraft is “capable of detecting, intercepting and targeting the threats on missions inside or outside airspace,” according to the official state news agency IRNA.

The official news agency cited Brig. Gen. Shahram Hassannejad in reporting that the new drone can carry “precision-guided projectiles” and can operate in a wide range of weather conditions and locations.

In his remarks, Trump called on other countries to condemn “Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.” He added that other nations should also protect their ships in the strait, which lies between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Trump’s description of a drone encounter came on the same day Iran announced that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy has seized a foreign-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. That interdiction took place on Sunday; Iran alleges that the ship was smuggling 1 million liters (264,000 gallons) of fuel.

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/18/743192606/u-s-navy-ship-destroys-iranian-drone-over-strait-of-hormuz

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6 Responses to Trump Says Navy Ship Destroyed Iranian Drone Over Strait Of Hormuz

  1. Of course, the unasked and unanswered question is why does the war mongering zio-US declare countries as their enemy when not provoked, and why does the US military initiate false flag attacks against itself in an effort to provoke war with other countries? Is it really all about supporting the Rothschild banking cabal?

    Who the hell died and left the zio-US in charge? Does the zio-US think it controls the world? What kind of control freak insanity is that?

  2. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    Exercise in propaganda insanity, fox news food.

    Like reading GREEN EGGS AND HAM children’s books.

  3. Sam says:

    My, My, My, How the Kikes are trying EXTRA hard to start something with Iran, Iran has stated for the record that all their drones are accounted for- Must have been a Kike drone in disguise that the boys shot down.

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    LOL… the Iranians say otherwise…

    https://www.rt.com/news/464583-iran-no-drone-downed-video/

    Why am I more inclined to believe them over ferret-head?

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    This one’s Iran too…

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-tanker-gibraltar/gibraltar-extends-detention-of-iranian-tanker-for-a-month-idUSKCN1UE16I

    Detention???

    SOUNDS LIKE STRAIGHT-UP PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS TO ME!!!!!

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    IF true… it couldn’t POSSIBLY get any better than THIS…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-19/iran-us-may-have-downed-its-own-drone-mistake-all-iranian-drones-accounted

    This next one I like because of the analogy used…

    “The Strait of Hormuz these days seems to be what the streets of Compton used to be in the 90s.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-19/strait-outta-hormuz

    I can probably relate to that better than any other Trencher (that I know of). I lived only a few miles from Compton in the 90s, and worked there for over 12 years from 2002 on.

    It was literally a war zone in the 90s.

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