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Trump says US Navy shot down Iranian drone in ‘defensive action,’ escalating tensions in Gulf region

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File photo of t he U.S. Navy, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said a U.S. Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in a defensive action.

Trump said the USS Boxer fired on the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a near distance, approximately 1000 yards,” Trump said.

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