Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone

NYT > Middle East

Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, addressing the issue at a military ceremony in Sanandaj, Iran, said the drone had been shot down in Iranian airspace. "We are not going to get engaged in a war with any country, but we are fully prepared for war," Mr. Salami said, according to a translation from Press TV. "Today's incident was a clear sign of this precise message so we are continuing our resistance." The Revolutionary Guards said in a separate statement that the aircraft was an American-made Global Hawk surveillance drone, according to Press TV. American officials said last week that Iran had fired a surface-to-air missile at a drone over the Gulf of Oman, on the same day that two oil tankers were attacked.


Ocasio-Cortez tells White House to 'put down its saber,' and negotiate with Iran

FOX News

Former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli and former National Security Adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney John Hannah weigh in on how the U.S. will respond to Iran shooting down a military drone. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to Twitter late Thursday to urge the Trump administration to show restraint in its dealings with Iran. The freshman congresswoman's request came after the White House blamed Tehran for recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of a drone in international airspace. "This administration needs to put down its saber and pick up a phone," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. Ocasio-Cortez, who has emerged as a leading voice for Democrats, has been a fierce critic of Trump's domestic and foreign policy.


Rep. Adam Kinzinger calls for strikes against Iran

FOX News

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger weighs in on escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told Fox News on Sunday he would have ordered military strikes against Iran in response to mine attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, but added that President Trump was not wrong to hold off on ordering such action so far. "I think it needs to be clear, and hopefully it is clear to Iran, that basically, this is it," Kinzinger said on "America's News HQ." "This is about the extent of what we'll accept. This is the sixth tanker they've damaged, plus the fact that a quarter of American troops killed in Iraq were killed by Iran, and there's a point at which we've had enough." Kinzinger, a lieutenant colonel in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, said any military response would have to be "a little above proportional" and would have to involve "taking out some of their [Iran's] military infrastructure, their fast boat infrastructure, their ability to mine this area and also maybe surface-to-air missile sites."


Iranian seizure of British tanker ups ante in already tense Strait of Hormuz

The Japan Times

LONDON - Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway that has become a flash point between Iran and the West, intensified after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker on Friday and briefly detained a second vessel. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant escalation since tensions between Iran and the West began rising in May. At that time, the U.S. announced it was dispatching an aircraft carrier and additional troops to the Middle East, citing unspecified threats posed by Iran. The showdown has caused jitters around the globe, with each maneuver bringing fear that any misunderstanding or misstep by either side could lead to war. Details of what took place Friday remained sketchy after Iran reported that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.


The Latest: 153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

Associated Press

An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.