6/21/2019, 5:22 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Trump authorized Iran strikes, then withdrew - report

United States President Donald Trump authorized strikes on Iran in the wake of Tehran's downing of a US drone, but abruptly changed his mind a few hours later, the New York Times reported. Multiple senior administration officials, some of whom were involved in the decision, "were expecting a strike as late as 7 pm Thursday" local time. They stated Trump approved strikes against targets such as radar and missile batteries.

"The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off... Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down," one unnamed official explained. It is unclear what led Trump to change his decision and whether strikes are still a possibility in the near future.

On Thursday, Iran announced it shot down a US drone which had crossed into its territory, while Washington insists the drone stayed in international waters. Trump initially stated that Iran made a "very big mistake," but later went on to claim the mistake was probably made by an individual who was "loose and stupid and shot down a drone."

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