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The U.S. and Iran are already at war online

WHEN A U.S. NAVY SURVEILLANCE DRONE was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, the U.S. blamed Iran. The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said his country was “ready for war,” and President Donald Trump responded by declaring that Iran had made a “very big mistake.” Around the world, observers worried that the two countries were headed for battle. In a sense, however, they were already at war.

Also on June 20, the U.S. military conducted a Trump-approved cyberstrike

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