Iran: We 'Restrained' Ourselves From Shooting Down Another Plane

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Posted: Jun 21, 2019 10:30 AM
Iran: We 'Restrained' Ourselves From Shooting Down Another Plane

Source: Department of Defense via AP

We should be thankful, Iran claimed on Friday, because although they took down a U.S. drone, they "restrained" themselves from shooting down a plane full of people.

Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. According to the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, it could have easily targeted a nearby manned aircraft.

“At the same moment, another spy aircraft called a P8 was flying close to this drone," Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh claimed at a press conference. "That aircraft is manned and has around 35 crew members. Well, we could have targeted that plane, it was our right to do so, and yes it was American, but we didn’t do it. We hit the unmanned aircraft.”

President Trump had approved plans to strike back at Iran, but pulled back Thursday night, as late as 10 minutes before launch time.

Israel is reportedly concerned about the U.S. response. They want more sanctions against Iran because it's a surefire way to force them to negotiate. 

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