SCW NEWSWATCH: "Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives" - Reuters 6.21.19

Iran Map"... Trump said ... Friday he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. drone because it could have killed 150 people, and signaled ... [openness] to talks .... An Iranian [SAM] destroyed a U.S. ... surveillance drone ... Thursday. ... [according to the United States] in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz[, while Iran alleged it was over Iranian territory]. ... White House national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel, along with the rest of Trump’s team, favored a retaliatory strike, a senior Trump administration official said. ..."

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly has refused talks with the United States as long as sanctions are in effect.

In May Trump elected to tighten sanctions on Iran in an effort to cut Iranian oil exports. A year ago, Trump withdrew the United States from the Iranian nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

In other news, the United States is preparing the evacuation of nearly 400 Lockheed Martin and Sallyport Global workers from an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad. Local Iraqi officials blame Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias for at least one recent attack on a U.S. base in Iraq, with at least three U.S. bases in Iraq suffering recent attacks.

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