Trump Says He Called Off Air Strike On Iran Over the Number of Potential Casualties

Brittany M. Hughes | June 21, 2019
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Following reports that President Donald Trump had called off a planned airstrike on Iran Thursday night in response to the Iranian government shooting down an unmanned drone over international waters this week, the president took to Twitter Friday claiming he’d nixed the mission after he was told how many Iranians would die as a result, saying it was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”

The president also took aim at his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for signing a “desperate and terrible deal” with Iran allegedly meant to stem the hostile nation’s nuclear weapons program, saying the deal gave Iran “a free path to Nuclear Weapons.”

After news broke Thursday morning that Iran had shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A BAMS-D, a surveillance drone used to patrol the Straight of Hormuz, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed they’d taken action after the drone crossed into their air space. The U.S. military, however, has confirmed the drone was flying over international waters at the time it was gunned down, calling it an “unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace."

(Cover Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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