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Iranian Drone Buzzes U.S. Fighter Jet Over Persian Gulf


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WASHINGTON — An unarmed Iranian drone buzzed an American Super Hornet fighter jet as it circled an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Defense Department officials said on Tuesday.

A statement released by the military’s Central Command said that despite repeated radio calls demanding that Iran keep the drone clear of American flight operations in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, the Iranian vehicle came within 100 feet of the fighter jet, which had to swerve to avoid a collision.

At the time of the incident, the jet had been in a holding pattern and was planning to land on the carrier, the statement said.

“The dangerous maneuver created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws,” the statement said. The American military said this was the 13th “unsafe” or “unprofessional” interaction between American and Iranian maritime forces this year.

In June, the United States downed two Iranian-made drones that the Pentagon said were approaching American-backed troops on the ground in Syria. There have been a series of clashes in a potential proxy war in Syria that has pitted Iranian-backed militias that support President Bashar al-Assad against Syrian fighters who have been trained by American, British and other coalition military advisers.

In the Persian Gulf, there have been an increased number of close calls and incidents as the United States has stepped up assistance to Saudi Arabia and other allies fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

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Tensions between the United States and Iran, which had seemed to be easing after the recent nuclear agreement, now seem to be back on the rise.

But President Trump, who has adopted a hard line on Iran since coming into office, has sought to penalize Iran with sanctions not directly covered by the nuclear agreement. The administration announced sanctions on July 18 that are related to Iran’s development and testing of missiles, along with its support for Syria’s government and theft of software. The White House and Congress have each penalized Iran with additional sanctions.

The new sanctions led Iran to lodge a complaint with the commission that assesses possible violations of the nuclear accord, accusing the United States of breaching the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, among Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

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WASHINGTON — An unarmed Iranian drone buzzed an American Super Hornet fighter jet as it circled an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Defense Department officials said on Tuesday.

A statement released by the military’s Central Command said that despite repeated radio calls demanding that Iran keep the drone clear of American flight operations in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, the Iranian vehicle came within 100 feet of the fighter jet, which had to swerve to avoid a collision.

At the time of the incident, the jet had been in a holding pattern and was planning to land on the carrier, the statement said.

“The dangerous maneuver created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws,” the statement said. The American military said this was the 13th “unsafe” or “unprofessional” interaction between American and Iranian maritime forces this year.

In June, the United States downed two Iranian-made drones that the Pentagon said were approaching American-backed troops on the ground in Syria. There have been a series of clashes in a potential proxy war in Syria that has pitted Iranian-backed militias that support President Bashar al-Assad against Syrian fighters who have been trained by American, British and other coalition military advisers.

In the Persian Gulf, there have been an increased number of close calls and incidents as the United States has stepped up assistance to Saudi Arabia and other allies fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Tensions between the United States and Iran, which had seemed to be easing after the recent nuclear agreement, now seem to be back on the rise.

But President Trump, who has adopted a hard line on Iran since coming into office, has sought to penalize Iran with sanctions not directly covered by the nuclear agreement. The administration announced sanctions on July 18 that are related to Iran’s development and testing of missiles, along with its support for Syria’s government and theft of software. The White House and Congress have each penalized Iran with additional sanctions.

The new sanctions led Iran to lodge a complaint with the commission that assesses possible violations of the nuclear accord, accusing the United States of breaching the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, among Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

Nytimes

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