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US Warship Takes 'Defensive Action,' Reminds Iran They're Nowhere Near the Big Leagues

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Iran just got a huge wake-up call.

At a Thursday press conference at the White House, President Donald Trump told reporters that a U.S. Navy ship took down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, according to NBC News.

The announcement marks another spark in the rising tensions over the vital shipping path used for much of the world’s oil.

Iran previously announced it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory, but that claim was proved false.

Tensions hit a high-mark when Iranian boats placed explosives on U.S. ships near the strait, causing massive damage to the American vessels.

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The Iranians were caught on film removing some of the explosives after they failed to detonate.

The drone Trump referenced was “destroyed” after a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, the USS Boxer, took “defensive action.”

Trump said the Iranian drone had “closed into very, very near distance approximately 1,000 yards” and had failed to respond to repeated “calls to stand down.”

The president added  that the drone was “threatening safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” so it was “immediately destroyed.”

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in international waters,” Trump said.

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Trump forcefully stated that America “reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, our interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”

“I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future.”

“The downing of the drone was just the latest incident to be reported near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway off Iran’s coast which separates the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman,” NBC News reported.

“A third of the world’s seaborne oil shipments and 20 percent of oil traded worldwide pass out of the Persian Gulf through the Strait.”

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It’s not clear whether Iran will back down or continue to press its luck in the strait.

Hopefully, there will be a peaceful outcome and the strait will continue to be a safe passageway for the west of the world. The decision to shoot down the drone should send a clear message to Iran that United States is not going to concede the area.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
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