US approves, then cancels, Iran strikes after drone shot down: report

WASHINGTON, Donald Trump approved but then

scrapped strikes against Iranian targets on Thursday, The New York Times

reported, after Iran shot down a US drone in what the president termed a big

mistake.

The US was planning to hit a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and

missile batteries Thursday evening, the newspaper said, citing senior

administration officials, but the plan was suddenly aborted in its early

stages.

White House and Pentagon officials declined to comment, the Times said, and

it was unclear whether there were plans for such strikes to go forward in the

future.

Iran said earlier it had recovered parts of a US Global Hawk spy drone in

its territorial waters after downing the aircraft in a missile strike, but

the Pentagon says it was above international waters when it was hit.

Iran made a very big mistake! Trump tweeted, before later appearing to

dial back tensions.

I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the

truth, Trump said. I think that it could have been somebody who was loose

and stupid that did it.

The president's mixed message left the world unsure what Washington's next

move would be.

You will find out, Trump said, when asked about possible retaliation.

We don't seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land and waters,

said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)