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Trump orders military strikes on Iran then suddenly decides against attack 'while planes in air', report says

Trump orders military strikes on Iran then suddenly decides against attack 'while planes in air', report saysDonald Trump approved military strikes against Iran on Friday morning but abruptly decided not to launch them, according to reports.Having initially said he believed Iran had made an error when it shot down a US drone early on Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, the president is nonetheless believed to have approved retaliatory military strikes against Tehran.The operation to hit targets such as radars and missile batteries was in its initial stages, the New York Times said, and planes were in the air and ships had been moved into position.But before any missiles were fired, the president decided not to go ahead with the operation.It was not clear if Mr Trump had changed his mind, or whether the strike was called off for operational or strategic reasons, said the report. At the same time Mr Trump was deciding whether to pursue a strike, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order prohibiting US operators from flying in airspace controlled by Iran above “the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman”. The order came as United Airlines suspended its Mumbai-Newark flight that passes over Iran citing safety concerns, the Financial Times said.It was unclear if the strike approved by the president could subsequently go ahead, or whether Mr Trump was trying to intimidate Tehran without actually using his military. Late on Thursday the White House declined to respond to questions as to whether he had changed his mind. The New York Times said the strike was planned to have struck on Friday morning local time, and designed to minimise risk to the Iranian military or to civilians.“But military officials received word a short time later that the strike was off, at least temporarily,” it said.The revelation came amid a day of mixed signals from the president, as he sought to deal with an increasingly tense situation with Iran after the shooting down of the drone in the Strait of Hormuz.Speaking to reporters in the White House where he was meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, the president was asked if he was planning a military response to the downing of the drone. “You’ll find out,” he said.Asked if he was being pressured by others in his administration, the president said this was not the case. “No, no, not at all. In fact in many cases it’s the opposite. But I will say, look, I said I want to get out of these endless wars, I campaigned on that, I want to get out. We’ve been in Afghanistan for 19 years,” he said. players.brightcove.net/624246174001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6050529458001Iran military releases footage of ‘missile strike on US drone’ Mr Trump’s tone appeared in contrast to a number of members of his administration, among them secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, who have adopted a hardline stance towards Iran, since the president last year pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal. “This is a new wrinkle, a new fly in the ointment what happened, shooting down a drone,” said the president. “And this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you.” Later on Thursday, Mr Trump met with congressional leaders to discuss the feud with Iran, against which the US has imposed debilitating sanctions and reportedly launched a disinformation war. After the meeting, senior Democrats warned that Mr Trump would require authorisation from Congress before launching military action. House speaker Nancy Pelosi said the administration should engage with its allies “and do everything in our power to de-escalate”. Meanwhile, several Republican leaders, among them Kevin McCarthy, said there must be a “measured response” to Iran’s actions. “Iran directly attacked a United States asset over international waters. This provocation comes a week after they attacked and destroyed two commercial tankers in international waters,” he said in a statement. Earlier this week, it emerged Iran was set to breach the level of uranium enrichment set in place by the multi-party 2015 deal Mr Trump withdrew Washington from, an announcement that was seen as an attempt by Tehran to try and pressure the European signatories to the deal to help it counter the impact of US sanctions. The circumstances of the shooting down of the drone, a US navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, are disputed. Iran said the drone, with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 and costing more than over $ 100m, had violated its territorial airspace. The US called the missile fire “an unprovoked attack” in international airspace. Either way, it marked the first time Iran had struck the US military, which released a set of coordinates it claimed the drone was shot down at. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter the aircraft had taken off from the United Arab Emirates “in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace”. A Revolutionary Guards statement said the drone’s identification transponder had been switched off “in violation of aviation rules and was moving in full secrecy” when it was downed, Reuters quoted the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB as saying.



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Trump OK’d Strikes on Iran but Called Them Off Abruptly When Planes Were Already in the Air

Trump OK’d Strikes on Iran but Called Them Off Abruptly When Planes Were Already in the AirAlex Wong/GettyPresident Trump approved U.S. military strikes on multiple targets in Iran on Thursday but changed his mind at the last minute, according to The New York Times. Multiple senior administration officials cited by the Times said military and diplomatic officials were waiting for a strike Thursday evening when the operation was suddenly called off. One source said planes were already in the air and ships had gotten into position when the call came down that the operation was not going ahead. It was not immediately clear why the strike was called off, but Trump had appeared to walk back his accusations against Iran earlier Thursday by suggesting on Twitter that the country had not intentionally shot down a U.S. drone. It was also not immediately clear if there were plans for the strikes to go ahead at a different time. Newsweek cited a Pentagon official as saying U.S. military assets in the region were placed on a 72-hour standby. The drone incident on Thursday was just the latest in a growing list of disputes between Tehran and Washington to raise fears that one simple diplomatic misunderstanding between the two countries could trigger a full-on military confrontation. Tensions have gotten so high that the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday blocked all American-registered planes from flying over parts of the Middle East, citing “heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region” that pose “an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations.”It was not immediately clear if the FAA order came in response to news reports about the Trump administration’s planned airstrike, but the agency cited Iran’s shooting down of a U.S. drone early Thursday as a reason to fear aircraft could be at risk in the region. Will America Attack Iran Over One Dead Robot?While Trump and his advisers have insisted the drone Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down Thursday was over international waters, Iranian leaders have claimed to have GPS proof that the unmanned drone flew into the country’s airspace despite radio warnings. The shooting down of the drone also came as many Democratic lawmakers had already begun to question whether the Trump administration was actively trying to build a case for military action against Iran in response to what top officials have described as escalating threats from the country since Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year. Just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed Trump in blaming Iran for attacks on two fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman, claiming Tehran was “lashing out” to get back at the U.S. for sanctions. The Trump administration announced last month that it would be sending additional troops to the Middle East “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime,” as National Security Adviser John Bolton put it at the time. When reports of the called-off military strikes on Iran broke late Thursday, Democratic lawmakers took to Twitter to sound the alarm over the matter. “This is governing by chaos. We need a steady hand at the wheel. I stood up against the Iraq War and I know that America cannot afford another disastrous war in the Middle East,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a 2020 candidate, wrote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is also running for president, accused Trump of “instigating” conflict with Iran. “Donald Trump promised to bring our troops home. Instead he has pulled out of a deal that was working and instigated another unnecessary conflict. There is no justification for further escalating this crisis—we need to step back from the brink of war,” she wrote. Trump Tells His Team to Tone Down the Tough Talk on IranRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Large dog in plane’s cockpit likely caused fatal crash, NTSB says

Large dog in plane’s cockpit likely caused fatal crash, NTSB saysThe NTSB concluded that the cause of a June 2017 accident at Monticello Regional Airport in Iowa was the result of the pilot having a large dog as a passenger in the cockpit.



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U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government. “The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation,” a State Department spokesman said.



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UPDATE 1-Norwegian to lease planes, postpone sales after grounding of Boeing MAX

UPDATE 1-Norwegian to lease planes, postpone sales after grounding of Boeing MAXNorwegian Air will lease planes and postpone the sale of older models in its fleet following the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the airline said on Monday. The budget carrier will also use some of its bigger Boeing 787 Dreamliners to offset the effects of the grounding of its 18 MAX jets – about 11 percent of its fleet. “In addition to continuing combining flights and reallocating aircraft, the company has decided to delay potential sales of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft and use available 787 Dreamliner capacity on high-volume routes, which will add flexibility,” Norwegian said in a statement.



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MAX effort: Boeing tests changes to grounded planes to get them back in the air

MAX effort: Boeing tests changes to grounded planes to get them back in the airPilots from five airlines tested upgrades to the 737 MAX's flight-control system over the weekend at Boeing’s facility outside Seattle.



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Russian military planes deliver troops and cargo to Venezuela: Sputnik

Russian military planes deliver troops and cargo to Venezuela: SputnikTwo Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. “Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfill technical military contracts,” the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying “there is nothing mysterious” about the flights.



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U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government. “The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation,” a State Department spokesman said.



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Canada transport minister says won't ground planes after Ethiopia crash

Canada transport minister says won't ground planes after Ethiopia crashCanada’s transport minister said Monday he won’t ground dozens of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners operated by three Canadian carriers, unless an investigation into a deadly Ethiopia crash gives him reasons. Safety doubts over Boeing’s best-selling model drove several carriers to ground the aircraft after a new jet crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. Air Canada, Westjet and Sunwing operate 41 of the jetliners in this country.



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Canada closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; US last nation flying the jets

Canada closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; US last nation flying the jetsThe U.S. was the last nation flying Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on Wednesday as nations around the globe grounded the jets.



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