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An RQ-4 Global Hawk drone conducting tests in Maryland in a U.S. Navy handout from 2017. On Thursday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it shot down a similar drone in southern Iran. Handout/U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. via Reuters hide caption
An RQ-4 Global Hawk drone conducting tests in Maryland in a U.S. Navy handout from 2017. On Thursday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it shot down a similar drone in southern Iran.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory, but a U.S. official reportedly says the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace.
IRNA quoted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Thursday as saying it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone after it entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country's south near the Gulf of Oman. The IRGC's media arm, Sepah News, described the craft as a "spy" drone.
Initially, U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying: "There was no drone over Iranian territory." He told Reuters that "No U.S. aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today."
IRGC-affiliated FarsNews says the IRGC has shot down a US surveillance drone, RQ-4 Goobal Hawk, when it was "flying over Iran southern sealines" In the Persian Gulf. https://t.co/iWbCsHvFwx pic.twitter.com/pCSZ0TBWmH— Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) June 20, 2019
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