This past weekend, Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy aircraft that were flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf in the latest provocation between the two nations in the region.
Three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News that on September 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. International maritime law dictates that Iran’s territorial waters extend 12 miles into the sea, like all nations’ do.
American Freedom Fighters reported that the Iranian military eventually warned the two aircraft to change course or risk getting shot down. The American military planes ignored this warning and continued flying in international airspace, although close to Iranian territory.
“We wanted to test the Iranian reaction,” one US official replied when asked why the aircrafts were flying so close to the border.
“It’s one thing to tell someone to get off your lawn, but we weren’t on their lawn,” the official continued. “Anytime you threaten to shoot someone down, it’s not considered professional.”
Another official said that this was not considered “unsafe” because the latest intelligence reports stated that there were no Iranian missile launchers in the area.
This came one month after Iranian fast-boats US Navy warships in the Persian Gulf at least five different times. In one incident, three warning shots were fired from a US Navy coastal patrol craft when an Iranian vessel ignored repeated radio calls to change course.
Keep in mind that it’s only been a year since Barack Hussein Obama gave billions of American dollars to the Iranians, who clearly have no gratitude to us.
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