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US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders warned against “another war based on lies” after Iran shot down a US spy drone in the Straits of Hormuz today.
The Democratic senator from Vermont vowed to do all he can “to stop the US attacking Iran” as Washington ratchets up regional tensions.
In an interview with US broadcaster MSNBC last night Mr Sanders branded the Iraq and Vietnam wars as “the two worst foreign policy disasters … based on lies that came from the White House.
“I will do everything that I personally can as a United States senator to stop the United States attacking Iran,” he said.
“If we go into a war with Iran this will be an asymmetrical war … There will be never-ending wars in the Middle East. It will make the war in Iraq look like a cakewalk.”
He later tweeted: “The Vietnam War was based on a lie. The Iraq War was based on lies. We cannot allow Trump to drag us into war with Iran.”
The situation in the Gulf of Oman has remained tense since the US blamed Iran for attacking two oil tankers last week.
Iran continues to deny responsibility with evidence linking it to the incident appearing flimsy.
Washington escalated tensions by mobilising an additional 1,000 troops to the area on Monday. They join US warships and B-52 bombers after the US mobilised the biggest military hardware mission to the region in years.
Iran today condemned the US for its “provocations” after it shot down a US spy drone that encroached into its airspace near Kuh Mobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander-in-chief Major General Hossein Salami said: “The downing of the American drone was a clear message to America, and the message is this: those who defend the borders of the Islamic nation of Iran will react in a total and decisive way to any intrusions by foreign elements on our land. Our borders are our red line.
He added: “Iran is not seeking war with any country but we are fully prepared to defend Iran.”
The US denies the drone entered Iranian airspace and insists it was flying over international waters when it was struck by an Iranian missile.
“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” US Navy Captain Bill Urban said.
“This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in international airspace.”
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