US shot down nearly half of the drones Iran launched in Israel attack

US PLAYED MAJOR ROLE: In the unprecedented direct attack, Iran launched approximately 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles targeting Israel over the weekend, and nearly all were destroyed before they could cause any damage.

Of the slow-flying drones, 80 were picked off by F-15E Strike Eagles from two squadrons that had been prepositioned in the region, according to the U.S. Central Command, which included drones and missiles destroyed in Yemen in its count.

“CENTCOM forces, supported by U.S. European Command destroyers, successfully engaged and destroyed more than 80 one-way attack uncrewed aerial vehicles and at least six ballistic missiles intended to strike Israel from Iran and Yemen,” CENTCOM said in a release

In a call with reporters Sunday, a senior military official identified the U.S. warships involved in the missile shootdowns as the USS Carney and the USS Arleigh Burke in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and said
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