Trump Calls off the retaliation strike against Iran

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US has announced the strike against Iran over the downing of its drone but Donald Trump announced the ‘call off’ on Thursday abruptly. The US officials said that the drone was hit in the international waters while Iran said that the drone entered its territory.

The New York Times released the news of retaliation by the United States against Iran. Iran shot down a drone, RQ-4 Global Hawk Surveillance drone, of the United States with the help of a surface-to-air missile. The military and diplomatic officials were sure about the strike conducted by the United States on Iranian missile sites till Thursday evening.

Trump changed his mind abruptly on Thursday evening and called off the attack on Iranian military assets. The experts said, “Some unforeseen logistic hurdles might force Trump to take this decision abruptly”. Trump said in several tweets that US was going to retaliate against Iran on three locations and then he changed his mind when a general told him that the strikes would kill at least 150 people.

Trump said, “The strikes, which we planned, are not proportionate with the downing of an unarmed drone”. He added, “We are not an any sort of hurry and the sanctions against Iran are biting”. It would have been his third strike in the Middle East region. Trump ordered two strikes in 2017 and 2018 respectively in Syria. He also authorized a Navy raid in Yemen which killed one commando.

Trump also said that Iran had made a huge mistake in the form of shot down of a US drone which Iran claimed was in its airspace. He added, “The strike was not ordered by the top leadership of Iran and we are sure about it. It was ordered by someone very stupid and loose”. Iran said that the parts of drone were collected from its own territory while US denied the Iranian claim by saying that the drone was in the international airspace.

Managing editor of the Chicago Morning Star

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