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September 13, 2016 10:20 am

US Defense Officials: Iran Threatened to Down American Surveillance Planes in Persian Gulf

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A US aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A US aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News.

On September 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, according to officials.

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