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Iran leaders’ apparent non-involvement with drone downing led U.S. to call off air strikes

NHK reported on Tuesday afternoon that it was told by retired U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Jack Keane, whom NHK said still advises President Trump on security issues, that on June 20 the President halted retaliatory air strikes on Iran for the downing of a U.S. drone at the last minute not only because of the prospective casualties involved but also because the USG received intelligence reports that Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Rouhani had not approved the downing of the drone. The general said these two things made the President call off the air strikes. Keane reportedly added that the two countries are still at risk of tit-for-tat armed attacks or a full-fledged military conflict depending on future developments.

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