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Pentagon confirms taking defensive action against drone in Strait

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The Pentagon said on Thursday that the USS Boxer took defensive action against a drone after it came within "threatening range" in the Strait of Hormuz.

"A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement, which did not say to whom the drone belonged; however, Trump said in his statement the drone belongs to Iran.

Hoffman said the incident took place about 10 am local time as the Boxer was transiting into the Strait of Hormuz.

"The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," he added.

Last Modified: Friday، 19 July 2019 02:17 AM