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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it had shot down a U.S. “spy drone” over its territory on Thursday.
They said the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, and that the incident sent a “clear message to America”.
The US military however has insisted the drone had been over international waters at the time, and condemned what it called an “unprovoked attack” by the IRGC.
The IRGC released a statement to the IRNA domestic newsagency, saying:
At the early hours of Thursday, the IRGC air force shot down an American spy drone, identified as RQ-4 Global Hawk that had violated Iranian airspace in the Kuh Mubarak region located at Hormozgan province, south of the country.
Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the RQ-4 Global Hawk, describes the aircraft as a “premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.”
The commander of the IRGC says the drone’s destruction has sent “a clear message” to America.
Gen. Hossein Salami also cautioned Iran does “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war.”
After reportedly being briefed on the attack, President Trump has weighed in on Twitter to warn Iran that it made a "very big mistake" by shooting down the American drone.
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
The US Navy is sending ships to where debris from the downed drone is reportedly floating (in international waters, according to reports).
The US has been increasing the number of military assets in the region as tensions with Iran have flared. The USS Abraham Lincoln is stationed nearby with a full carrier strike group.
With all the tools for escalation present in the region, is it possible that we could be at war with Iran by the end of the day?