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


Added 06-20-19 03:07:01am EST - “U.S. officials confirm that a drone was downed by a surface-to-air missile, but over international airspace above the Strait of Hormuz.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone It Says Was In Its Airspace”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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."

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