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18 July 2019

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the ship, in the latest incident to stir tensions in the Gulf.

Trump told an event in the White House that the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards (meters) of the USS Boxer and had ignored "multiple calls to stand down."

"This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests," Trump said.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” he added.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, had taken "defensive action" against a drone, but did not mention if the aircraft was Iranian. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the incident took place on Thursday morning as the Boxer was moving into the Strait of Hormuz.

Tensions in the Gulf region are high, with fears that the United States and Iran could stumble into war.

The United States has blamed Iran for a series of attacks since mid-May on shipping around the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil artery. Tehran rejects the allegations.

Iran in June shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile. Iran says the drone was in its airspace, but Washington says it was in international skies.

Trump said at the time the United States had come close to launching a military strike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of the U.S. drone.

Relations between the two countries have worsened since last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran in which Tehran agreed to restrict nuclear work in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Earlier on Thursday, the United States demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf, and a U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure free passage of vessels through the vital waterway.

Iran played down the seizure of the ship, which it said was a small vessel that was smuggling oil.

Iranian state TV aired footage of a vessel called "RIAH." The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters days ago.

"We do this (inspecting ships) every day. These are people who smuggle our oil,” Iran's Press TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying, adding: "It was a small ship used to smuggle 1 million liters – not 1 million barrels – of crude oil."

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An U.S. Navy ship shot down a drone, Iran's official IRNA news agency published a story unveiling the Iranian army's new drone, called the Mohajer 6. It's not yet known how similar this drone might be to the one that was shot down Thursday.
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The shootdown 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," .


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Just saw this on FOX. Iranians just siezed a UK flagged tanker in international waters!
That did not take long.
It wouldn't surprise me if Iran was doing this BS, in hopes of getting a dimocrat elected to the White House next year. Then they would be in a better position to get pallets of US money delivered to them in the middle of the night. Just saying.
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Update: Fox is now reporting that a second tanker Liberian flagged was seized by the Iranians a hour after the UK tanker was seized.
SHTF time.
God Bless our Sailors and Marines. May the Good Lord keep them out of harms way.
Sorry but it sounds like the ayatollah and the rev guard needs to be taught a lesson they will not soon forget.
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