Iran shoots down US Global Hawk drone over Persian Gulf

Iran shoots down US Global Hawk drone amid heightened tensions

  • The incident comes amid increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington over Iran’s nuclear programme

A RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. File photo: Reuters
A RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. File photo: Reuters
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned what it called a violation of Iranian airspace by a

United States

drone, warning of the consequences of such “provocative” measures, state TV reported.

“Any such violations of Iran’s borders are strongly condemned … We warn of the consequences of such illegal and provocative measures,” said ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down the drone on Thursday morning amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Iranian forces shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone. Photo: EPA
Iranian forces shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone. Photo: EPA

US and Iranian officials gave different accounts of the incident: the Guard said it shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk over Iranian airspace, while a US official said the downing happened over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.

The different accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the shooting of the US drone sent “a clear message” to the US.

General Hossein Salami said also that Iran did “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war”.

His speech was carried live on Iranian state television on Thursday.
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Previously, the US military alleged Iran had fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The US blames Iran for the attack on the ships; Tehran denies it was involved.

The attacks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the US and Iran following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Tehran’s nuclear deal a year ago.
The White House separately said it was aware of reports of a missile strike on

Saudi Arabia amid a campaign targeting the kingdom by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.
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In recent weeks, the US has sped an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops to the tens of thousands already in the region.

In From Yemen, Iranian-allied Houthi rebels have launched bomb-laden drones into neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the US and Iran into an open conflict, some 40 years after Tehran’s Islamic Revolution.

Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had been “briefed on the reports of a missile strike in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult our partners and allies,” Sanders said.

The Houthi’s Al-Masirah satellite news channel claimed the rebels targeted a power plant in Jizan, near the kingdom’s border with Yemen, with a cruise missile.

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Saudi state media and officials did not immediately report a missile strike Thursday.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis since March 2015 in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation now pushed to the brink of famine by the conflict.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have launched a new campaign sending missiles and bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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