This IS. fast breaking story….
It IS gonna pivot on two things….
The US definition of international airspace vs Iranian airspace…
(US Central command says 34 miles form Iranian land in the strait of Hormuz)
Donald Trump’s taste for a military campaign against Iran….
His senior political national security people ARE pushing for a hard beatdown of Iran…
The Drone US Navy RQ-4 we are talking about is a high altitude one of the biggest class in the American military…
The shoot down will play well for the Iranian military domestically….
The Iranian politicans have to be careful….
Iran shot down a United States surveillance drone early Thursday, both nations said, but they differed on the crucial issue of whether the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, in the latest escalation of tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries.
Iranian officials said the drone was over Iran, which the American military denied — an important distinction in determining who was at fault — and each side accused the other of being the aggressor.
Both said the downing occurred at 4:05 a.m. Iranian time on Thursday, or 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday in Washington. The drone “was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz,” the United States Central Command said in a statement. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.”
An Iranian attack on an American aircraft — even an unmanned drone — is another flash-point added to the growing list of recent clashes between Iran and the United States.
It comes just days after American officials blamed Iran for recent attacks on foreign shipping tankers that also took place near the Strait of Hormuz, the vital waterway for much of the world’s oil, an accusation that Iran has denied.
In Washington, the White House was concerned enough by early reports of the strike that senior officials were summoned Wednesday evening to discuss the matter. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, told news outlets that the president had been briefed on the missile attack and that the administration was monitoring the situation….
This the ‘three o’clock’ phone call moment for Donald Trump….
He is NOT grabbing this with his own two hands….
The military is actually running this withTrump hawkish staff….
The BIG question for the US Military people is that John Bolton’s wanting to overthrown the Iranian leadership….THAT would be a rerun of Iraq and Afghanistan…America pushed into a shooting war AGAINST Iran would spread throughout the Middle East and probably the war….Including America…
Iran is isn’t a third world country….
Russia would be expected to support Iran….