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- Last week, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian forces downed a U.S. navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran insists the drone had violated Iranian airspace, while the U.S. says it was flying over international waters.
- On Friday, President Trump said that the U.S. had been within 10 minutes of conducting military strikes against Iran in retaliation when he canceled the operation.
- The president said he decided that the estimated 150 Iranian deaths that would occur from stikes was not proportional to an unmanned drone.
- Today, Trump signed an executive order tightening economic sanctions on Iran, saying: “These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.”