White House officials huddle to address Iran’s shooting of US drone

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White House officials ​will huddle Thursday morning to discuss​ a response to​ Iran’s downing of a US drone, amid escalating tensions between the two countries, according to a report.

President Trump​ is so far not expected to attend the meeting, CNN reported.

​The US and Iran have confirmed the downing of the drone, but Tehran says it was a Global Hawk drone, while Washington said it was a MQ-4C Triton drone that was in international airspace. ​

The Defense Department announced on Tuesday that it would send 1,000 more troopsto the region after the US said Tehran was involved in attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.

​The deployment is part of a defensive buildup by the US that included sending the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and Patriot anti-missile defenses to Qatar.