CNN military analyst: No one should dispute location of US drone Iran says it shot down, because the US said it was in international space
Retired Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks: "I don't know why we're still talking about a dispute. The United States has stated emphatically."
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From the June 21 edition of CNN's New Day:
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JOHN BERMAN (CO-ANCHOR): We want to give you a sense of what makes this so complicated and so dangerous. And we're standing on a map right now. We've got a map of this region, Spider, and let's start with the dispute over the airspace. Was it international airspace or Iranian airspace? And I think this will zoom in here and you can see just how close we're dealing with here. The Strait of Hormuz is 21 miles across. The shipping lane only two miles across.
JAMES "SPIDER" MARKS (RETIRED GENERAL, CNN MILITARY ANALYST): Yeah, but I need to tell you, I don't know why we're still talking about a dispute. The United States has stated emphatically. I think the narrative is absolutely spot on. We knew where that drone was located. We knew its position at the time. We knew the track that it was on and we could adjust that track. You know, realize these drones not only have a preplanned track but you can adjust them en route. This was in international space.
BERMAN: I want to make the point, though, that you're talking about a matter of miles here, not tens of miles, single digit miles here.