Iran accuses US of embarrassing military mishap as tensions rise

With Irans’ return to the role of international nuisance solidly cemented, there is little doubt that we will be inundated with bizarre headlines out of Tehran in the coming months.

The Middle Eastern nation has been consistently disrupting the flow of oil from the region over the course of the last few months, after tensions with the US we reignited by President Trump’s rescinding of an Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.  Their efforts have damaged several oil tankers, taken one such vessel and her crew hostage, the downing of an American drone, and a terror attack on a pipeline.

This week, the skirmishes have continued.  The latest news out of the region is a bit confusing however, after the US claimed to have shot down an Iranian drone.  Iran seems to think otherwise.

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Tehran on Friday denied the United States had downed one of its drones, saying all Iranian aircraft were accounted for and jesting Washington may have accidentally hit their own machine.

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The latest incident in the strategic Strait of Hormuz comes amid soaring tensions between the two foes, with Washington already reeling from Iran shooting down one of its drones last month.

The two stories couldn’t be more different.

US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel downed an Iranian drone on Thursday that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait — a claim vehemently denied by Tehran.

Iran’s armed forces dismissed Trump’s assertion as “baseless and delusional” while admitting one of their drones was flying near the US ship.

“All of (Iran’s) drones… have safely returned to their bases,” said armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi.

President Trump had earlier called off a military strike on Iran, which would have been in retaliation for the downing of an American drone, citing the disproportionate casualties expected.

If Iran’s not careful, that incident will go down in history as the last bit of benevolence from the Commander in Chief of the world’s most powerful military.

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