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bill_daniels 07-18-2019 05:03pm

The Empire Strikes Back: US Downs Iranian Drone
 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/n...ning-navy-ship

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The U.S. military shot down an Iranian drone threatening U.S. ships in the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States took action on Thursday amid escalating tensions with the Middle East country. President Trump announced the event at a press conference soon after it happened. Iran has not yet responded.

"[The USS Boxer] took defensive action against an Iranian drone," Trump said. "It was threatening the ship and the ship's crew. The drone was immediately destroyed."
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"This is the latest in many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters," Trump added. "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests and calls upon all nations to Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce."

"At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have steadily risen since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018, throwing sanctions back on Tehran and squeezing the country's economy. On Thursday, Iran announced it had seized United Arab Emirates-based ship and was holding it and its crew captive. The U.S. has demanded Iran release the ship.

The ship's capture is the latest in a series of provocations by Tehran. It downed a U.S. drone over the strait on June 20, days after attacking Japanese oil tankers that were sailing through the strait.

It was the US Marines aboard the USS Boxer that downed the suspected Iranian drone, a US official tells CNN. The Marines were operating the counter-drone jamming equipment that was used. There are about 2,000 Marines on the Boxer from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit https://t.co/pWYjD1XCxQ
Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) July 18, 2019
Science, bitches!

BOTY 07-18-2019 05:25pm

:seasix:

99 pewtercoupe 07-18-2019 05:35pm

They really like poking the bear. Hope they know what a can of whoop ass they are playing with

69camfrk 07-18-2019 05:50pm

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Originally Posted by 99 pewtercoupe (Post 1677273)
They really like poking the bear. Hope they know what a can of whoop ass they are playing with

They are obviously pretty damn stupid. But then again, I don't put much stock in a bunch of muzzies.

bill_daniels 07-18-2019 06:02pm

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Originally Posted by 69camfrk (Post 1677276)
They are obviously pretty damn stupid. But then again, I don't put much stock in a bunch of muzzies.

Obama gave them the drone and associated technology.....makes sense we would know how to destroy our own stuff.

Cybercowboy 07-18-2019 06:05pm

Rand Paul was going to meet with them, then this. It's almost like somebody doesn't want us to talk with the Iranians or something. Weird.

JRD77VET 07-18-2019 07:31pm

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Originally Posted by 99 pewtercoupe (Post 1677273)
They really like poking the bear. Hope they know what a can of whoop ass they are playing with

:iagree:

Once the can is opened, it doesn't go back in. :D

Stevedore 07-19-2019 07:39am

The Iranians are saying that all of their drones are accounted for, and that the U.S. must have destroyed one of our own drones. Doesn't seem likely to me.

Mike Mercury 07-19-2019 08:53am

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Originally Posted by Stevedore (Post 1677507)
The Iranians are saying that all of their drones are accounted for...


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