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Trump Says U.S. Ship Downed Iran Drone; Tehran Denies Losing One

  • USS Boxer took defensive action to destroy drone, Trump says
  • Tensions in Persian Gulf region on edge amid spate of attacks
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Trump Says U.S. Navy Shot Down Iranian Drone Near Strait of Hormuz
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President Donald Trump said the U.S. “immediately destroyed” an Iranian drone that approached the USS Boxer near the Strait of Hormuz, but officials in Tehran denied losing one.

The drone was a threat to the amphibious assault ship and its crew, Trump said at the White House on Thursday, in the the latest sign of escalating military tensions around the critical oil chokepoint. The president said he’s calling “on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait.”