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US downs Iranian drone ahead of coalition gathering

Trump claims defensive action against 'provocative actions'

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Navy vessel destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump said Thursday at the White House, in a move likely to draw strong rebuke from Tehran.

Trump said that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship,took "defensive action against an Iranian drone," which had come within roughly 900 meters of the vessel. "The drone was immediately destroyed," after ignoring multiple calls to stand down, he said.

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