21 Jun 2019

Trump says US was ‘cocked and loaded to retaliate’ against Iran

Just ten minutes from the brink – President Trump backed off from armed confrontation with Iran, claiming he cancelled planned air strikes with just a few minutes to go after being told that 150 people could die as a result.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed that a manned US spy plane was flying near the drone it shot down, but Tehran had chosen not to target it.

The rising tension has led major airlines from around the world to re-route their flights over the region.