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U.S. Official Says Government Has Evidence Iran Drone Was Destroyed


Added 07-19-19 11:06:02am EST - “President Trump said a U.S. Navy warship took down the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. But Iranian has denied that it lost a drone.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “U.S. Official Says Government Has Evidence Iran Drone Was Destroyed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. government has evidence that the USS Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone that was said to have come close to the Navy ship on Thursday, according to a senior Trump administration official.

Iran has disputed the U.S. claim, saying that all of its drones are accounted for — and suggesting the U.S. ship might have accidentally taken down one of its own military drones.

On Friday, the senior U.S. official indicated more information would be forthcoming from the Pentagon.

"We have very clear evidence, the Defense Department put out their statement about the actions of the Boxer," the official told NPR's Franco Ordoñez. "The Iranians don't have great history with the truth. We're very confident in the president's announcement."

After President Trump announced the downing Thursday afternoon, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that a drone had approached the USS Boxer at around 10 a.m. local time, when the ship was in international waters and was sailing in "an inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz."

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