An Iranian drone harassed a U.S. air craft carrier in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, according to a U.S. defense official.
The incident comes after Iranian terrorist proxies in the region have hijacked and attempted to hijack cargo ships and tankers in recent weeks that are tied to Israel.
“An Iranian drone flew near the USS Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf today,” Fox News correspondent Liz Friden said. “The Ike was in international waters & the Iranian drone ignored multiple warnings. This is being deemed unsafe & unprofessional.”
NEW: An Iranian drone flew near the USS Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf today, a U.S. official told Fox News. The Ike was in international waters & the Iranian drone ignored multiple warnings. This is being deemed unsafe & unprofessional.
— Liz Friden (@Liz_Friden) November 28, 2023
One video that circulated on social media this week purported to show footage from an Iranian drone that was harassing the same carrier strike group.
The footage appears to correlate with statements from an official in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who said that the drone’s presence interfered with U.S. helicopter operations, according to Iran’s state-run Farsnews Agency.
Iranian media publishes aerial views of the US aircraft carrier Eisenhower in the Gulf of Aden and the Sea of Oman pic.twitter.com/8kDcj4ImGX
— Mossad Commentary (@MOSSADil) November 28, 2023
Satellite imagery from this week showed the carrier strike group only 62 miles away from Iran, a clear sign from the U.S. that Iran should not escalate tensions in the region.
However, the message does not seem to be being heard by Iran, as its terrorist proxies have launched at least 74 attacks against U.S. forces in the region since October 17 — a little over a week after Hamas’ unprecedented terrorist attack against Israel.
Dozens of U.S. soldiers have received concussions from the missile, rocket, and drone bombardments at U.S installations in Iraq in Syria. Many have suffered from even more serious traumatic brain injuries.
The U.S. has responded by striking some facilities that Iran and its proxies use in Syria, but have refrained from punching back hard against the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
The New York Times reported that Biden has “rejected more aggressive bombing options proposed by the Pentagon” to keep U.S. forces safe because he is afraid of “provoking” Iran.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Sunday that the only way to stop the attacks would be to launch a “massive retaliation to make it clear we will not tolerate these attacks on Americans.”