Iranian military claims to have shot down USA spy drone

  • Iranian military claims to have shot down USA spy drone

Iranian military claims to have shot down USA spy drone

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says the country's Revolutionary Guard has shot down a U.S. drone.

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down the drone this morning when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran's Hormozgan province.

IRNA, citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk.

Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the USA military Central Command told the Reuters news agency that "no U.S. aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today" but declined to comment further.

However, he told The Associated Press: "There was no drone over Iranian territory".

The reported takedown comes after increasing tensions between the two countries following an attack in the Gulf of Oman last week. Strait of Hormuz, where both the attacks took place, is a major conduit for global oil supplies.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has backed the United States and laid blame for the attack with Iran.

The US added the IRGC attempted to down one of its drones last week ahead of the tanker attack.

US Navy personnel showed reporters pieces of debris and a magnet the Navy said was used to attach an unexploded mine to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker, which was attacked on June 13, along with the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker. Iran has denied responsibility.

Concerns about a confrontation between Iran and the USA rose after an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12.

Iran recently has quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium and threatened to boost its enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, trying to pressure Europe for new terms to the 2015 deal.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo met on Tuesday with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini to seek European support for U.S. economic sanctions against Iran.

To counter Iran's threats, the US military has sent forces, including aircraft carriers, B-52 bombers and troops to the Middle East. We don't want war.