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Trump ordered attack on Iran then called it off, U.S. bans flights over Iran

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 21, 2019
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United States President Donald Trump ordered an attack on Iran last night but called the operation off when it was already underway, The New York Times and the Associated Press news agency are reporting.

A senior administration official told The New York Times that Mr Trump approved attacks on Iranian targets such as radar and missile batteries.

According to the report, the operation in reprisal for the shooting down of a US drone was already in its early stages, with planes in the air and ships in position when the order to stand down came through.

No missiles were fired.

he U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in an overwater area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.[break]

In a separate advisory to operators, FAA said according to flight tracking applications, the nearest civil aircraft was operating within around 45 nautical miles of a U.S. Global Hawk drone when it was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile this week.

"There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept," Reuters cited the FAA statement as saying.

The agency said it remained concerned about the escalation of tension and military activity within close proximity to high volume civil aircraft routes as well as Iran’s willingness to use long-range missiles in international airspace with little or no warning.

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