Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone - [BREAKING: IRGC seizes British oil tanker]

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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone It Says Was In Its Airspace

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory to send "a clear message," to America, but a U.S. official tells NPR that the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone that had entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country's south, near the Gulf of Oman.

Gen. Hossein Salami, the IRGC commander, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying Iran does "not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war."

U.S. Central Command denied that any drone or aircraft had been operating over Iranian territory when the incident took place, but a U.S. official speaking to NPR on condition of anonymity acknowledged that an American drone was shot down "in international waters."

The AP and Reuters quoted a U.S. official as saying a surface-to-air missile brought down the craft and that the incident occurred over the Strait of Hormuz.


Earlier this week, the Pentagon said Iran had attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone. It also acknowledged the successful shooting down of an MQ-9 Reaper drone on June 6 by Yemen's Houthi forces, which are allied to Iran. The U.S. said Iran helped the Houthis bring down the pilotless aircraft.
he U.S. did not immediately confirm what type of drone was involved in Thursday's incident. Military.com describes the Global Hawk as an unarmed high-altitude, long-endurance UAV for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The vehicle reportedly has a top speed of nearly 355 mph and a range of 10,000 miles.


The area where Iran says the drone went down is near where the U.S. claims Iran attacked two oil tankers last week. Iran has repeatedly denied the attack.

The alleged shootdown comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with not only the alleged attacks on the tankers, but with Iran threatening to step up its nuclear activities.

Last year, the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Tehran after abruptly withdrawing from a 2015 multinational agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Despite Washington's withdrawal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, technically remains in force with the other signatories — besides Iran, the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and the European Union.
However, earlier this week, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency warned that Tehran would surpass limits on its uranium stockpile under the deal and said it was prepared to increase its enrichment to a level just one step short of weapons-grade, which also violates the terms of the agreement.

Also, Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday said they hit a Saudi power station with a cruise missile. White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said President Trump had been "briefed on the reports of a missile strike in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

"We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies," Sanders added.
 
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    Downing of US drone a ‘clear message’ to Washington —
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    The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards says the downing of a US drone over its territory was a “clear message” to Washington, proving Tehran will react strongly to any military aggression.
    Just hours earlier, Iran claimed to have shot down a US RQ-4 spy drone over Hormozgan Province. Images of the suspected hit were later posted online, showing a burning device falling from the sky.
    The downing of the American drone was a clear message to America,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander-in-chief, Hossein Salami, told local media.
    He added that any intrusion across Iran’s borders would be seen as a “red line” and would be met with strong resistance.
    Iran is not seeking war with any country, but we are fully prepared to defend Iran.
    The downing of the drone is the latest incident adding to heightening tensions between the US and Iran in recent months. Earlier, Washington blamed Iran for attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
    However, these claims somehow contradict a statement by the company operating one of the ill-fated tankers. The ‘Kokuka Courageous’ owner – one of the vessels hit in the assault – said its sailors had seen “flying objects” in the sky before they were attacked.
     
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    NAFAR

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    It seems its true.........leaks form within the American institute to the press that the drone was shutdown by Iranians.
     
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    It seems its true.........leaks form within the American institute to the press that the drone was shutdown by Iranians.
    Not the first time we've shot down an American drone.

    If it actually is an RQ 4 then that's a big blunder... Those things are 200 million a pop.
     
    proIsrael-nonIsraeli

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    Not the first time we've shot down an American drone.

    If it actually is an RQ 4 then that's a big blunder... Those things are 200 million a pop.
    "$200M a pop" - can you imagine the price Iran will have to pay for that.

    PS. You better hope and pray that Iranian claim "UAV was shot down over Iranian territory" is true.
     
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    "$200M a pop" - can you imagine the price Iran will have to pay for that.

    PS. You better hope and pray that Iranian claim "UAV was shot down over Iranian territory" is true.
    Right...........
    Why do you even write stuff? Nothing you say ever pans out. You're always wrong. lol
     
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    لجبير: إغلاق إيران لهرمز سيؤدي لرد فعل "قوي جداً جداً

    Isn't this guy who used to say Assad will go either by political solution or by military force :lol: :lol: :lol: ........this is hilarious:lol::lol::lol:
     
    JB81

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    لجبير: إغلاق إيران لهرمز سيؤدي لرد فعل "قوي جداً جداً

    Isn't this guy who used to say Assad will go either by political solution or by military force :lol: :lol: :lol: ........this is hilarious:lol::lol::lol:
    I think Allah yer7amo Faisal bin Al Saoud said it :lol::lol:
     
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    ترامب: إيران اقترفت خطأ كبيرًا

    أكّد الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، في تصريح على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي، أن "إيران اقترفت خطأ كبيرا".

    يذكر أن الدفاع الجوي التابع للقوة الجوفضائية للحرس الثوري الايراني، اسقط فجر اليوم طائرة تجسس اميركية مسيرة من طراز "غلوبال هاوك" بعد اختراقها الاجواء الايرانية في منطقة كوه مبارك في سواحل محافظة هرمزكان جنوب البلاد.
     
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    U.S. Senate rejects arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rebuking Trump
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    Trump battle is internal.
     
    JB81

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    U.S. Senate rejects arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rebuking Trump
    by Reuters

    Trump battle is internal.
    Yes! regardless of Democrats, a big chunks of his base is what is portrayed as America first as of kind of isolationism policy. Need jobs before unnecessary wars kind of things
     
    Venom

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    Yes! regardless of Democrats, a big chunks of his base is what is portrayed as America first as of kind of isolationism policy. Need jobs before unnecessary wars kind of things
    And next year is the presidential elections. I doubt he will be in chuck Norris mode this year.
     
    JB81

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    And next year is the presidential elections. I doubt he will be in chuck Norris mode this year.
    As long as Trump doesn't go to a war, he's doing his duty as a president of the United States... Red line is war
     
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    The way he spells his last name, Walid Phares comes across as Phake as $hit.
    For the past 8 years he predicted nothing but BS about the Syrian war and it was all wrong. But it seems there is always a market for his Phake BS.
     
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