With Washington and Tehran bickering over whether an American warship downed an Iranian drone, a US commander in the Persian Gulf suggested that two –or more– drones were shot down. However, even he isn’t sure.
President Donald Trump announced last Thursday the USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone that approached within 1,000 yards (900 meters) of the ship, which was on patrol in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran denied its drone was shot down, with its military releasing a video it claims shows the craft in flight after it was supposedly taken out.
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On Tuesday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie threw a plot twist into the story. Speaking to CBS News, McKenzie said he believed the Boxer had engaged two drones “successfully.”
Pressed on his claim, McKenzie then said “we are confident we brought down one drone, we may have brought down a second.”
McKenzie said his sailors targeted the drone(s) with “some kind of electronic signal or pulse,” and saw one drone splash down into the strait, while another simply vanished from radar screens. Adding to the confusion, McKenzie then chucked in another twist for good measure. (RT)