US President Donald Trump has not ruled out an air strike against Iran in retaliation for the shooting down of a US Navy drone. The US military insists the drone was over international waters, but Iran says this is false.
The robot aircraft was shot down by an Iranian missile on Thursday morning local time (1135 GMT on Wednesday), the US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed, but said the Iranian reports that the drone was in its airspace were “false.”
“This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in international airspace,” said Captain Bill Urban, CENTCOM spokesman.
Asked if the US was considering a retaliatory strike, Trump told reporters at the White House, “You’ll soon find out.”
Q: Are you willing to go to war with Iran?@POTUS: “You’ll find out.”
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“I have a feeling… that it was a mistake made by somebody who shouldn’t have been doing what they did,” Trump said about the incident, speaking after a meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
“I find it hard to believe that it was intentional,” he added. “It could have been somebody who was loose and stupid.” (RT)