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When the United States almost struck Iran after the destruction of a drone

(B2) It’s a series of tweets that should be remembered and that will remain in certain memories. This morning (June 21, 14 p.m. Paris) US President Donald Trump confirmed the story of a series of three interrupted US strikes, in extremis, on Iran. A sudden act of generosity?

The US Navy MQ-4 drone (US Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt/Released)

Iran on Thursday (June 20) shot down a Global Hawk drone that allegedly violated its airspace. Version contested by the American government, emphasizing that the aircraft was above international waters, but not denying that it was 'observing' Iranian territory (see box)

Trump backs down at sight of possible death toll

“On Monday (1), they [the Iranians] shot down an unarmed drone flying over international waters. We were armed and ready to fight back last night against three different sites when I asked how many (people) were going to die. 150 people, sir, was a general's response. Ten minutes before the strike, I stopped it, it was not proportionate to an attack on an unmanned aircraft. »

The refusal of nuclear weapons for Iran

And to add: " There is no rush, our army has been rebuilt, renovated, and is ready to go. [She] is by far the best in the world. Sanctions are hitting and [more] were added last night. Iran will NEVER be allowed to have nuclear weapons, not against the United States, and not against the WORLD! »

A clear message from Tehran to Washington

General Hossein Salami, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), confirmed the incident on Thursday. A US RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone was shot down by the Revolutionary Guard Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak area in the central Jask district, " after plane violated Iranian airspace » according to the agency Fars. This is " a clear message sent according to him to the United States and to any enemy. " The borders are our red lines and any enemy who violates them will not return home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests ", he added.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

A deliberate attack according to the American command

Le US central command recognized the loss of a “ US Navy RQ-4 aircraft ". This one flew well over the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz to carry out a “ monitoring mission ". But he refutes the violation of the territory. He found himself " in international airspace near the sites of recent IRGC maritime attacks. in the vicinity of Goruk, Iran » and did «  never violated Iranian airspace during its mission ».

(1) It is Thursday and not Monday as mentioned by Donald Trump

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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