Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

President Trump Says US Shot Down Iranian Drone Over Straits of Hormuz

President Trump Says US Shot Down Iranian Drone Over Straits of Hormuz

President Trump speaks on military incident with Iran from the White House.

Trump says the amphibious assault ship Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.

The incident comes several weeks after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. Navy surveillance drone over the same shipping channel off the coast of Iran. Check back for updates.

A US Defense Department official said earlier this week they had "suspicions" that Iran seized the oil tanker when it turned off its tracker in the Strait of Hormuz. "I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Straight of Hormuz and to work with us in the future". Tehran denies all the accusations. At the time, President Trump showed restraint.

"The drone was immediately destroyed", he added.

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in worldwide waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and "closed within a threatening range", according to a statement by Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman.

Trump ordered a retaliatory military strike but called it off at the last moment, saying the risk of casualties was disproportionate to the shootdown by Iran, which did not cost any United States lives.

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"The U.S. reserves the right to defend personnel, facilities, interests", he said.

Iran's state media quoted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as saying the vessel had been smuggling one million litres (220,000 gallons) of fuel.

TankerTrackers, a cargo shipment tracking service, identified the vessel that was towed by Iran as the MT Riah - a Panamanian-flagged ship owned by the United Arab Emirates.

It's part of the Trump administration's response to growing tensions with Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi said on July 17 that Tehran towed a vessel into an Iranian harbor after it suffered a technical malfunction.

Washington has called for an global "coalition" to patrol the strait.

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