‘Unprofessional’ Iran threatened to shoot down U.S. Navy reconnaissance planes

‘Unprofessional’ Iran threatened to shoot down U.S. Navy reconnaissance planes
EP-3E ARIES II reconnaissance plane. (Image: Wikipedia, DOD/U.S. Pacific Command)

[Ed. — Well.  Now that we’ve branded them as “unprofessional,” the Iranians will think twice about trying that again.]

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 Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an [EP-3E Aries II] 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. …

At some point during the flight, the Iranian military warned the two aircraft to change course or risk getting shot down.

The US military planes ignored the warning and continued flying in international airspace, although close to Iranian territory, the officials told Fox. …

The official said the Iranian behavior was characterized as “unprofessional.”  Another official said the incident was not considered “unsafe” because there were no Iranian missile launchers in the area, according to the latest intelligence reports.

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