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Israel backs US against Iran Over shooting down of US drone

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday urged the international community to support the United States against “Iranian aggression,” after an american drone was downed in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

“In the last 24 hours, Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us. “Israel stands by the United States and its military,” Netanyahu said.

While US President Donald Trump said the drone downing “might have been a mistake,” Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, who commands US air forces in the region, said the US spy drone was some 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the nearest point in Iran when it was shot down.

“This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians,” said Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella.

The Pentagon released a graphic pinpointing the position of the drone on a map of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic passage through which much of the world’s oil passes.

Guastella said the drone, a Navy variant of a high-flying Global Hawk, was over the Strait when it was hit and it fell into international waters.

“At the time of the intercept the RQ-4 was at high altitude, approximately 34 kilometers from the nearest point of land on the Iranian coast,” he said, over a video to the Pentagon press briefing room.

Source — i24NEWS

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