first published on June 24, 2019 by Will
President Trump claims to have been within minutes of military strikes against Iranian air defenses and missile batteries in response to the downing of a US drone, but gave the order to stand down because the estimated toll of human life (150) was “not proportionate” to an attack on unmanned military hardware.
However, it has come to light that the US did, in fact, carry out retaliatory strikes against the Iranian air defenses, radars, and missile batteries in the form of crippling cyber attacks that left Iran defenseless for an undisclosed amount of time.
The extent of damage caused by the cyber attack against IIRGC assets isn’t clear, nor is it certain if the attack was financially proportionate to the RQ-4 Global Hawk’s ~$120 million price tag.
The Iranian government claimed the cyber attacks were ineffective.
Additionally, Trump announced additional “major” economic sanctions to be imposed on the Iranian government.