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Iran Threatens to Shoot Down US Planes over Persian Gulf

US Navy P-8 and P-3 planes (Photo: US Navy/Liz Goettee)

This weekend, two American planes were operating over the Persian Gulf when they were warned by the Iranian military. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Islamic Republic threatened to shoot down the aircraft unless they changed course:

Iran over the weekend reportedly threatened to shoot down two US military surveillance aircraft operating in the Persian Gulf near the Islamic Republic.

Fox News cited three US defense officials close to Saturday's incident as saying the two aircraft were flown by members of the US Navy 13 miles off of Iran's coast.

The reconnaissance mission was said to have taken place in the Strait of Hormuz, one mile beyond Iran's territorial waters that according to international maritime law extend 12 miles into the sea.

“It’s one thing to tell someone to get off your lawn, but we weren’t on their lawn,” one US official told Fox. “Anytime you threaten to shoot someone down, it’s not considered professional.”

According to the officials, Iran at some point issued the threat during the flights in international airspace of the nine-person crewed P-8 Poseidon aircraft and the 24-member crewed EP-3 Aries reconnaissance aircraft...

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