IRAN says it’s “ready for war” after shooting down a US “spy” drone today as tensions continue to rise in the Persian Gulf. The Islamic Republic’s state-run IRNA news agency has insisted the country’s Revolutionary Guard hit the drone when it flew over Iran in a “clear message” to Washington.
For many weeks now, the United States has been shipping tons of ships, planes and troops to the Middle East with the Pentagon warning that Iran was getting ready to do something. Well, today Iran did just that. They are claiming to have successfully shot down a United States ‘spy’ drone saying that their ‘airspace is a red line’ and will not be violated. All this brings us to a very interesting position.
If President Trump and the Pentagon have indeed been ‘itching for war’ as the Democrats have been saying, Iran just handed them their opportunity on the proverbial silver platter. But so far, no word from Washington about the downing of the drone other than admitting that it did indeed happen. Now we’re about to see who really wants war and who does not. But make no mistake about it, Iran’s actions are a harsh provocation to the United States, and it’s not fathomable that this action will go unpunished.
Iran warns ‘it’s ready for war’ after shooting down US drone as Middle East tensions rise
FROM THE UK SUN: But the US military has challenged these claims saying the drone was gunned down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile Earlier, Navy Captain Bill Urban, of America’s Central Command, said: “No US aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today.”
IRNA, citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk – an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) which can fly at high altitudes for more than 30 hours.
SPY DRONE ‘SHOT DOWN’
The drones can gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather, its makers Northrop Grumman says. IRNA had earlier claimed the drone entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province. The reported shoot-down comes amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.
In recent days, the US confirmed an attempt by Iran to shoot down an American drone last week as well as a successful destruction of one on June 6 by Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen Earlier this week, the US announced plans to deploy more than 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East following bomb attacks on two oil tankers.
Photos released by the Pentagon appear to prove Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were behind the bomb attacks on the tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced the deployment for what he said were “defensive purposes” citing concerns about a threat from Iran.
He said the “recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behaviour by Iranian forces and their proxy groups” towards America.
The new images, many taken from a Navy helicopter, show what the Pentagon said were Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Kokuka Courageous tanker. Other photos show a large hole on the side of the Japanese-owned ship, above the water line, that officials say appears to have been caused by another similar mine.
The vessel is believed to have been targeted by a magnetic mine causing a series of massive explosions. Both it and the Front Altair burst into flames and were forced to evacuate the troubled region.
Iran has denied any involvement in the explosions. It comes as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is “considering a full range of options” after the attacks.
“We have briefed the President a couple of times, we’ll continue to keep him updated,” he said. “We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,” Pompeo said in an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation.
When questioned if a military response was one of the options, Pompeo responded: “Of course.” READ MORE
US military says Iran shoot down of its drone was “unprovoked attack”
The U.S. military confirmed on Thursday that one of its drones was shot down but said the incident took place in international airspace, challenging Iran’s account that the U.S. aircraft had been flying over Iranian territory.
“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central Command. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.” READ MORE
Did Iran Use Fake Photo To ‘Prove’ Drone Was Over Its Territory?
State-run IRNA news agency shared an image of a damaged drone falling to Earth to illustrate its report. But in a shocking twist it subsequently emerged that the same image – albeit in a wider crop – was previously used on a report of a drone being shot down over Yemen two years ago.
When revealing Iran had shot down the drone, the country’s state-run IRNA news agency released a picture of an aircraft appearing to spiral towards Earth. It claimed the image showed a RQ-4 Global Hawk, a US military drone, being blasted out the sky over Iranian territory.
However the same photograph – albeit in a wider crop – had previously appeared in a two-year-old report of a spy drone being shot down over Yemen in 2017.
That report quoted Yemeni military sources as saying it showed an American MQ 9 drone falling to Earth near the country’s capital Sanaa – and included pictures of the crashed drone burning on the ground.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Iran mistakenly shared the old image or whether it was a deliberate attempt at spreading misinformation. Questions over the image come just days after the US announced plans to deploy more than 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East following bomb attacks on two oil tankers. READ MORE
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone
The US says an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down one of its military drones in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz. It’s believed the drone was being used for high-altitude surveillance This comes hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard made a similar announcement.
Iran-US tensions: “The shooting down of an American drone is a clear message to Washington”
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