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Iran shoots down US military drone

Date: 6/21/2019 12:12:10 PM

Iran shoots down US military drone

 

IRGC: US Stealth Drone Downed after Violating Iran's Airspace / A Global Hawk has a unit cost of roughly $123 million

 

 The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a new statement on Thursday disclosed details about the shooting down of a US spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz, stressing that the unmanned aircraft was targeted after violating Iran's airspace over the Southern coasts.

 

"The Global Hawk spy drone took off from one of the US forces' bases South of the Persian Gulf at 00:14 am today and turned off all its Identification (Identification Friend or Foe) equipment and continued flight from the Strait of Hormuz to Chabahar port in a full stealth mode," the statement said at Thursday noon after the IRGC declared in an earlier statement that it has shot down the drone at dawn.

 

"The drone started collecting intel in a spying operation when it was returning towards the Western parts of the region near the Strait of Hormuz and it violated the airspace over the Islamic Republic of Iran's territory," it added.

 

"The IRGC Aerospace Force's air defense system targeted and destroyed the hostile aircraft which had entered Iran's territorial airspace at 04:05 am," the statement said.

 

The IRGC had announced in a statement early Thursday that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask after the aircraft violated Iran's airspace. The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can fly at high altitudes for more than 30 hours, gathering near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather.

 

Meantime, a US official said a US Navy MQ-4C Triton high-altitude drone was shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile. After the incident, the Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored violation of the country's airspace, warning of consequences of any aggression. "We strongly protest at such aggressive and provocative measures and firmly warn against any illegal and aggressive flight of any hostile foreign flying objects over the country's sky and violation of its airspace," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.

 

He warned that the aggressors should account for the consequences of such moves .Also, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami confirmed downing of the US spy drone on the Southern coasts of Iran on Thursday, stressing that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away. "At dawn, the IRGC Air Force bravely downed an enemy spy drone which had crossed our borders and was violating our national security," General Salami said, addressing a congress in the Western province of Kurdistan.

 

He added that the incident sent "a clear message" to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression . "Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests," General Salami said .

 

"We declare that we do not want war with any country but we are fully ready for war and the today incident was a clear instance of this precise message," he underscored.

 

Trump Backtracks on Threat to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump has not ruled out an air strike against Iran in retaliation for the shooting down of an American drone, however, stepped back from his earlier threats of military action by saying the incident may have been the unintentional act of a person.

The American president’s first reaction to the incident came in a morning tweet, in which he did not say how the United States may respond.

Trump declared on Thursday that Tehran “made a very big mistake” after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a US spy drone over Iranian airspace, implying that US military action is in the offing.

Asked later at the White House if he plans to strike Iran, Trump stated that the public “will soon find out”, but softened his tone when he said his earlier statement that Iran made a very big mistake was not directed at the state, but at someone in the military ranks in Iran.

“I have a feeling… that it was a mistake made by somebody who shouldn’t have been doing what they did,” Trump stated about the incident on Thursday, speaking after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“I find it hard to believe that it was intentional,” he added, noting, “It could have been somebody who was loose and stupid.”

Trump claimed that if US military personnel had been inside the aircraft, it would have “made a big, big difference”.

The US president denied that members of his administration were pushing him towards war, stressing that he wanted to end “endless wars” like Afghanistan and not get into new ones, but Iran shooting down the US drone is “a new wrinkle... a new fly in the ointment”.

Iran has stressed that it will not be the initiator of any war, but reserves the right to self defense and will give a crushing response to any act of aggression by the United States.

In response to the US president, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Rear Admiral Shamkhani said, "Iran does not take Trump and his statements seriously."

"Tehran will not invade any country, but if it comes under attack, the invader will regret," he stressed.

An “American spying drone” was shot down by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force over Iranian airspace at dawn on Thursday. The US Global Hawk drone was brought down near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask in Hormozgan Province after the aircraft violated Iran's airspace. According to the IRGC, the US military surveillance drone was flying with its tracking equipment switched off at the time, violating international aviation regulations.

Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami stressed that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away.

The incident sent "a clear message" to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression, Salami stated.

"Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests," the major general noted.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been rising for the past several months, with the US sending additional troops to the region and blaming Tehran for attacks on several oil tankers in international waters. Iran has rejected the accusations.

 

Oil Price Jumps After US Spy Drone Violating Iran's Airspace Shot Down

The price of oil spiked on Thursday just hours after a US spy drone violating Iranian airspace was shot down by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) close to the Strait of Hormuz.

Crude oil was trading up by 2.8% to $55.29 shortly after the incident was reported early on Thursday, while Brent was up by 2.3% to $63.26.

The IRGC Aerospace Force shot down a hostile “American spying drone” over Iranian airspace at dawn on Thursday. The US Global Hawk drone was brought down near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask in Hormozgan Province after the aircraft violated Iran's airspace.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can fly at high altitudes for more than 30 hours, gathering near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather.

US officials confirmed the report that one of its drones was shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile, but said the aircraft was a US Navy MQ-4C Triton high-altitude drone. Both types of aircraft are among highly advanced US-made unmanned planes, but the MQ series is reportedly the state-of-the-art and the best and most equipped drone ever made by the US.

The IRGC Aerospace Force said in a statement that it used the Iran-made short-range and mid-altitude 'Third of Khordad' missile defense shield to bring down the US spy drone over the country's Southern coasts.

Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami stressed that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away.

The incident sent "a clear message" to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression, Salami stated.

"Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests," the major general noted.

 

The Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored violation of the country's airspace by the US spy drone, warning of consequences of any aggression.

"We strongly protest at such aggressive and provocative measures and firmly warn against any illegal and aggressive flight of any hostile foreign flying objects over the country's sky and violation of its airspace," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi stated on Thursday.

He warned that the aggressors should account for the consequences of such moves.

The drone downing came just a week after two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. While it remains unclear what happened to the ships, the United States claimed that Iran had carried out the attacks on the two vessels, but cited no evidence, although it release some footage that it called reliable intel. Iran has stated that Washington’s claim that Tehran carried out the attack is unsurprising, warning that the US has resorted to “Plan B” to sabotage the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic efforts.

It also came at a time of growing tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The Pentagon has recently approved the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon will also send Patriot missile systems, drones and surveillance planes in the Middle East.

The United States has also been escalating its military presence in the Persian Gulf, recently sending an aircraft carrier group, a squadron of B-52 bombers and additional Patriot air defense systems as a “message” to Iran.

Without Congress approval, the US administration has recently approved $8.1 billion in arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan in a bid to "deter Iranian aggression".

In early April, the US administration decided to designate Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, while critics called it stupid and dangerous. In a tit-for-tat measure, Tehran labeled the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) in the Middle-East as a terrorist entity.

Iran has stressed that it will not be the initiator of any war, but reserves the right to self defense and will give a crushing response to any act of aggression by the United States.

Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has taken a progressively bellicose posture toward Iran. A year and a half into his term, he unilaterally withdrew Washington from an international nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and imposed sanctions against Tehran. He then began pressuring the other cosignatories, including European states, to also abandon the deal.

 



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