As tensions between the U.S. and Iran approached the brink of military action, unanswered questions remained about recent incidents in the Middle East.
While President Donald Trump claimed a general told him his aborted strikes would have killed "150 people," a senior Iranian official said he held back on a strike against a U.S. spy plane carrying 35 people.
President Donald Trump had ordered a series of strikes against Iran in response to the downing of a state-of-the-art drone, but the military operation was called off while in its early stages on Thursday.
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James Clapper also urged caution and dialogue in the wake of the downing of a U.S. drone by the Iranian military.
Iran's top diplomat said his country has "retrieved sections of the US military drone in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down" something the Pentagon disputes.
Iran's top diplomat said his country does not "seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters."
"At this time we're not going to take any questions, but we're hoping to come back to you guys with some more information later today," the chief Pentagon spokesman said.
Iran claims to have used a natively produced surface-to-air missile system to take down a state-of-the-art U.S. drone as tensions peaked between the longtime rivals.
"The president is listening to the wrong people, and again he's making short-term announcements and decisions on an issue that's a long-term problem," Mark Hertling warned.
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"This would be a catastrophe for the region," Putin said.
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Moscow's special Syria envoy said Lebanon and Iraq "commend the efforts made by Russia in recent years to maintain the unity of Syria, their neighbor country" and would join in on a key meeting next month.
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"What's happening in Saudi Arabia is not normal," the typically close Trump ally and Republican senator said.
U.S. special representative for Iran argued the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" approach is "working" even if Tehran was allegedly growing more aggressive.