Iran overthrows the United States Spy Drone; CENTCOM says it was in international airspace

Iran overthrows the United States Spy Drone; CENTCOM says it was in international airspace
The Revolutionary Guards of Iran announced on Thursday that it had shot down a US drone. Us On its territory to send "a clear message" to the United States, but an official of the United States. Us He tells NPR that the drone was aiming in the international airspace.

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

"The Iranian reports that the plane was over Iran are false," US Navy spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said on Thursday. "This was an unprovoked attack against a US surveillance asset in international airspace."

General Hossein Salami, the commander of the IRGC, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying that Iran "has no intention of war with any country, but we are ready for war."

The US Central Command says that Iran used a surface-to-air missile system to shoot down the ISR Maritime Surveillance aircraft of the United States Navy Wide Area (for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). It says that the drone was operating in the international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was attacked at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on Wednesday night.

According to Urban, the downed drone is an RQ-4A Global Hawk, the Navy's version of the high-altitude, long-range aircraft that performs intelligence and surveillance missions "over vast oceanic and coastal regions."

Earlier this week, the Pentagon said Iran had tried to shoot down an unmanned aircraft from the United States. He also acknowledged the successful demolition of an MQ-9 Reaper aircraft on June 6 by the Houthi forces of Yemen, which are allied with Iran. The United States said Iran helped the Houthis to shoot down the plane without a pilot. describes the Global Hawk as a disarmed ship used for intelligence gathering missions. The vehicle supposedly has a maximum speed of almost 355 mph and a range of 10,000 miles.

The area in which Iran says the drone fell is close to where the United States claims that Iran attacked two oil tankers last week. Iran has repeatedly denied being involved in that attack.

The attack on the drone occurs at a time of intense tensions between the US. US And Iran, not only with the alleged attacks on oil tankers but also with the danger that Iran will intensify its nuclear activities and that the US Work to exert maximum pressure through economic punishments.

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

Despite Washington's withdrawal, the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, or JCPOA, technically remains in force with the other signatories, in addition to Iran, the other four permanent members of the US Security Council. Us And the European Union.

However, earlier this week, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency warned that Tehran would exceed the limits of its uranium reserves under the agreement and said it was prepared to increase its enrichment to a level below the level of weapons, which also violates the terms of the agreement.

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

"We are monitoring the situation closely and we continue to consult with our partners and allies," Sanders added.