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Iran shoots down US drone aircraft

Tehran, Iran CNN | Iranian forces have shot down a United States military drone, a move that appears to have escalated the volatile situation playing out between Washington and Tehran in the Middle East.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it had shot down an “intruding American spy drone” after it entered into the country’s territory Thursday.

A US official confirmed to CNN a drone had been shot down, but said the incident occurred in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most vital shipping routes.
The Revolutionary Guard said the downed drone was a US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk, while the US official said it was a MQ-4C Triton. Both are unmanned surveillance aircraft developed by weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

The head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, said the shooting down of the drone had sent a warning to the US.
“The only way for our enemies to be safe is to respect our sovereignty, national security, and the national interests of the great Iranian nation,” Salami said, according Tasnim.

In comments likely to inflame tensions, Salami said that Iran does “not want war with any country, but we are completely, and totally, ready and prepared for war.”
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Revolutionary Guard said the drone was launched from a US base south of the Persian Gulf shortly after midnight on Thursday. It said it flew from the Strait of Hormuz towards Chabahar, a city in southeast Iran.

“While returning to the western Hormuz Strait’s region the drone violated Iran’s airspace and engaged in information gathering and spying,” the statement said.
“At 4.05 a.m. local time while the violating airplane was over Iranian territory, [it] was shot down,” it added.

According to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency, the drone was shot down by Khordad-3 medium range air defense missile.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Abbas Mousavi said the country condemned the “aggressive and provocative action.”

“We warn against any violation of Iran’s airspace by foreign flying objects and declare that violators are responsible for the consequences of their actions,” he was quoted by Tasnim as saying.

Reuters quoted Cap. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, as saying “no US aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace” Thursday.
Relations between the two adversaries have taken a dangerous turn this week, beginning with the Trump administration’s decision Monday to deploy 1,000 additional troops and more military resources to the Middle East. The forces are being sent in response to what Washington called “hostile behavior by Iranian forces that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region.”

US officials blame Iran for conducting attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and the US President himself last week accused Iran of being behind the provocation, telling Fox News: “It was them that did it.”

Tehran has categorically denied the accusations, and President Hassan Rouhani said the country does not seek war but “is determined to show its hopefulness and vitality and defeat the enemy’s plot.”

Here’s why there’s rising tension between the US and Iran

Iran has previously been accused of targeting US drones.
In the hours before the attack on the two tankers earlier this month, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.

In 2014, the Iran’s armed forces revealed what it claimed was a copy of a stealth American drone “commandeered” by Tehran in 2011.
Relations between Iran and the United States have deteriorated since May 2018, when Washington chose to leave the 2015 nuclear deal the Iranian regime negotiated with world powers and reimpose crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy.

Trump and many conservatives in the US had long criticized the deal, which allowed Iran to stockpile limited amounts of enriched uranium and heavy water produced in that process, exporting any excess.

Doing so has become extremely difficult after the US revoked waivers that allowed Iran to export those excess stockpiles, effectively forcing Iran to halt enrichment or ignore the limits, which it is now doing.

After a year of waiting, Rouhani announced last month that it would reduce its “commitments to the deal,” but not fully withdraw from it.

Iran then announced this week that it would resume nuclear enrichment activities, accelerating uranium enrichment to 3.7% — above the 3.67% mandated by the nuclear deal. Enrichment at this level is enough to continue powering parts of the country’s energy needs, but not enough to construct a nuclear bomb.

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  1. There are homeless and hungry people roaming the streets looking for survival
    and big brother, is busy wasting valuable money looking for trouble around.
    Last, it was Venezuela.

  2. GO Iran
    With your people on this one

  3. Waow! Are these people not tired of war? Always going around looking for trouble in other people’s backyard. It looks like war to them is a kind of business. I guess some people make a lot of money out of these wars. Obviously they don’t care about human life as long as you are not white.

    • Like he says:
      Believe me

    • Loin of the desert.

      the main problem USA has with Iran is Oil. they don’t have control of Iran oil after the country nationalizes its oil company, therefore, taking full control of the company. USA owned 50% of all oil companies in the Middle East. they are just looking for a way to start war and take control of iran.

  4. Each time big brother provokes a war issue, it talks about `our allies`. Nato runs
    in immediately, and starts talking tough.
    Many lacking insurance to go for health care, but big brother, is only thinking
    about war, war and war. They quickly jumped into Syria and helped kill humans
    and destroying valuable property, but no reasonable ceasation of war. Now they
    come home and are looking for other areas to set confussion.

  5. The Biggest thief country in the world is the “USA ”

    I am behind Iran

    • Today the United States lack strategic wisdom in a cruel way. Its main geo strategic opponent is not Iran Venezuela or Syria but China. This is where the challenge of the century is for US strategic planners. If America was to concentrate on its long term interest. It will instead build strong alliances with Iran, Venezuela and Syria where it is fighting foolish wars. This kind of thinking will enable it to decline gradually without a major shock which will affect its obesse population living on debt. Instead of doing this they are pushing this countries towards China because of the slave mentality inherited from the past base on exploitation. This strategy only accelerates the decadence of America and the aryan race it represents.

      • I love TRUMP, the moron in chief.
        He is making the demise happen faster. Who would have thought MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is actually what all this was about.
        Love trump.
        China is 1000x years civilization while US of NA is built on tape and extorsion.
        We are witnessing the demise of the last empire of the western civilization.
        Iran I love you

  6. Current demographic and economic growth projections show that in 25 years from now. The aryan race represented by America will only have 15 percent of World population and highest 20 percent of World economy. The situation will even be worse at the end of this century when they become a relative minority economically and demographically. In fact they will not even control 10 percent of the world economy and thier population will be between five to ten percent.knowing this it would have been more wise for them to adjust thier strategy and build a system that will not be against them, when they become weak. Any country that follows America in its foolishness is doomed in a China dominated world. In this regard the decesion taken by our leaders to work with China is a good one.

  7. On condition we accept to work very hard in building the primary sector, agriculture industry. Then using the money harvested from it to speed up our industrialization,building large, small miduim CIZE industries. Reorganising our villages around small family industries passed from one generation to the other. At the same time building new industrial zones and smart cities thirty minutes away to house those working there. For the first time in 500 years we have the possibility to catch up and surpass the aryan world our traditional enemies.

    • Of course USA is wrong on this one as they have been wrong in the past i.e. Iraq & ….

      As CMR, plz keep on dreaming Sir, unless and until we start thinking and acting by ourselves and for ourselves, China cannot and will develop CMR for ourselves.

      On this note, CMR, stands up against those (CMR plutocates) plunging the country into the abyss

  8. Let them lunch war on North Korea before moving to Iran if they want USA to be wiped off the Globe,nonensence

  9. Regardless of American troubles, there is no Anglophone problem.
    The IEDs will tell a different story, soon.
    Paul Biya toujours chaud gars Ayop!

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