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Trump looking for room to avoid a new war, as tensions with Iran escalate

US President Donald Trump is somewhat boxed in and surrounded by hawks, but he does not want war.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - Iran's shooting down of an American drone is textbook escalation in a spiral that can lead to more strikes from either side, and ultimately to war and even, potentially, regime change in Iran.

But while President Donald Trump is somewhat boxed in and surrounded by hawks, he does not want war, a well-known fact underlined on Thursday (June 20) when he nuanced an early tweet saying, "Iran made a big mistake."

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