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Fri Jul 19, 2019, 08:19 AM

Iran denies Donald Trump claim that US destroyed drone in strait of Hormuz

Source: The Guardian

US president says USS Boxer took ‘defensive action’ against unmanned aircraft amid heightened tensions between countries

Julian Borger in New York

Fri 19 Jul 2019 07.30 BST

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The drone incident was first revealed by Donald Trump, who said that USS Boxer took defensive action after the unmanned vehicle came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.

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However, Iran denied Trump’s claims. The deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, tweeted: “We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [unmanned aerial system] by mistake!”

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a military spokesman, Gen Abolfazl Shekari, as saying that “all Iranian drones that are in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz[…] have returned to their bases”.

The contradictory claims came as Gibraltar’s supreme court extended the detention of the Iranian ship Grace 1 for 30 days, in a move that suggests talks between Iran and the UK over the terms of the ship’s release are not progressing.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/18/trump-us-warship-iran-drone-strait-of-hormuz

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Reply Iran denies Donald Trump claim that US destroyed drone in strait of Hormuz (Original post)
DonViejo Jul 19 OP
Scarsdale Jul 19 #1
denvine Jul 19 #3
pandr32 Jul 19 #6
raccoon Jul 20 #10
machoneman Jul 19 #2
Pobeka Jul 19 #4
kimbutgar Jul 19 #5
MarcA Jul 19 #7
Maxheader Jul 19 #8
Sapient Donkey Jul 20 #11
raccoon Jul 20 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 08:27 AM

1. Bolton, Pompeo and others

are itching for a war with Iran. I believe Iranian officials over this administration any day of the week. This so-called president has no credibility, absolutely NONE. Keep in mind, he is the cream of the gop crop. They have nobody else who can represent their party like this liar in chief.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 11:13 AM

3. Totally agree!

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 12:14 PM

6. 100% agreed

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 06:33 AM

10. You sure got that right. Nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 11:08 AM

2. O.K. then if we did, it was over water and pieces would have been recovered. If it...

was a small drone, we likely missed and it did return to land. So. which is it? Proof?

I smell Pompeo's oily work here.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 11:16 AM

4. How easy for Russia would bait us into a war with Iran...

Fly a drone over a US Navy ship, with Iran symbols on it.

... another possibility.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 11:38 AM

5. I don't believe anything that comes out of this administration

Lying and suppressing information is the hallmark of these cretins

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 03:07 PM

7. Persian Gulf, Iran, U.S. Look at a map.

How did our oil get under their ground. The boltons, pampeos, bushes,
cheneys et al have an answer $$$.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 05:01 PM

8. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [unmanned aerial system] by mistake!"


There go a few million tax dollars..

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
MQ-4C Triton
Primary users United States Navy Royal Australian Air Force
Number built 68 (planned) + 2 prototypes
Program cost US$12.7665B (as of FY15)
Unit cost US$120.689m (FY15) US$182.378m (inc R&D)



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Response to Maxheader (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:13 AM

11. It's unlikely that they shot down their own drone...

It's more likely Iran knows one of their RC planes were shot down, rouge groups inside Iran were acting on their own and it got shot down, or maybe even some external forces like Saudi Arabia are trying to provoke something (that seems like a stretch without more evidence, though)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 06:32 AM

9. Has any other country Weighed in on this?


Or is it just another false flag operation?

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