President Trump canceled a military strike against Iran Thursday night, June 20, in response to multiple attacks by Iran in recent months including attacks on two oil tankers last week near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.

President Trump explained in a series of tweets Friday morning some of the reasoning for the planned military strike and why he called it off at the last minute.

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Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Col. David Maxwell shared his thoughts on the downing of the American drone. “Well there’s always chance for, for a mistake, a miscalculation. I think that you know obviously Iran took an aggressive action shot down a $100 million aircraft of the United States, which as I understand it was in international airspace. And as I understand they’re conducting recovery operations in international waters.”

Map showing disputed locations of U.S. drone downed by the Iranian military. The United States said it has evidence of the location of the drone at the time the attack took place. (AP)

Along with the shooting down of the drone, while speaking to the press on June 13, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed five separate attacks involving Iran or surrogates of Iran since May 12 of this year.

In addition to those attacks the United States said that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on June 13 and that Iran had announced on April 22 that it would interrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz.

However, President Trump said that it was possible that Iran may have mistakenly shot down the drone, a possibility that Maxwell shares.

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned drone, which is the largest unmanned drone in the U.S. Air Force and the type that was shot down by the Iranian military. (AP)

“The Iranians, I think this could be more likely a miscalculation because while they may have believed it was international airspace they might not have the technical means to really determine a location and somebody made a decision to shoot this down. So it very likely could have been a miscalculation or an error on the part of the system operators.”

Although potentially a mistake, the Iranian military celebrated the attack in a propaganda video they released which could not be independently verified but shows the launching of a missile followed by an explosion and chants of “Allahu Akbar.”

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