President Trump just confirmed that US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz. The region is teetering on edge after the Iranians took over an oil tanker.
The Iranian economy is being crippled by sanctions and the Mullah’s are desperate. Trump for his part is doubling down and just sent 500 additional troops to Saudia Arabia tp help fight Iran’s extremism.
From The Hill: Trump said the U.S.S. Boxer shot down the drone after it got within 1,000 yards, “ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”
“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”
From U.K. Sun: The US is preparing to send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia to front up to the growing Iran threat, it was reported last night.
They will be deployed to a remote base east of the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to two US defence officials.
The move will fortify the growing Prince Sultan Air Base – which is being heavily built-up with a Patriot missile defence battery and an improved runway, CNN reported.
It’s hoped that fifth-generation F-22 stealth jets and other fighters will be flown from the base to strike Iranian targets should war break out, the unnamed officials said.
US military chiefs believe the site is well protected from Iranian attack because of its remote desert location.
It comes amid feverish tensions between Iran and the West that has seen tense naval standoffs and attacks on oil supply routes.
Tehran and Washington severed diplomatic ties after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the hostage crisis that ensued when militant students stormed the US Embassy.
Friction has flared again since President Trump last year pulled the US out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
He called the pact one-sided and reimposed sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports.
The sanctions have contributed to an economic crisis in Iran that has sent its currency plummeting.