Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it shot down US drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it shot down US drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said it shot down a United States drone on Thursday — a move that, if confirmed, will surely further exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The alleged downing follows the US Military’s allegation that Iran fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman.

Washington blames Iran for the attack on the ships, which Tehran denies.

Citing the IRGC, Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said the drone was an RQ-4 Global Hawk — a high-altitude surveillance aircraft.

A US Central Command spokesman, Captain Bill Urban, declined to comment when asked if an American drone was shot down but said “there was no drone over Iranian territory” at the time.

Relations between Washington and Tehran have deteriorated since the Trump Administration unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, a deal which limits Iran’s nuclear activity to civilian applications in exchange for sanctions relief.

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