President Trump reportedly authorized, and then cancelled, a retaliatory attack on Iran Thursday night for the downing of an unarmed U.S. drone the night before, reported the New York Times in a report later confirmed by CBS News. Planes were in the air and ships in position, however no missiles had been launched.
.@CBSDavidMartin @CBSNews confirms, says there was ‘every indication’ the United States was about to launch a limited strike against Iranian surface-to-air missile sites Thursday night — but the U.S. stood down at the 11th hour for still-unexplained reasons. https://t.co/k3oAzAdXVg
— Olivia Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) June 21, 2019
The FAA issued an order barring U.S. civilian aircraft from much of Iranian airspace, leading to speculation the attack was put off to allow the airspace to be cleared.
#FAA Statement: The FAA has issued a Notice to Airmen (#NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The NOTAM applies to all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators. pic.twitter.com/Z5eVX6hyOx
— The FAA (@FAANews) June 21, 2019
The Federal Aviation Administration has barred US civilian flights from the area where Iran shot down an American military drone, citing "heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region" pic.twitter.com/FcH5tn0JEw
— W.G. Dunlop (@wgdunlop) June 21, 2019
President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
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