Iran shoots down U.S. drone

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Iranian forces have shot down a United States military drone today, a move that could escalate an already tense relationship between the two countries.

MQ-4C Triton: The drone the US says was shot down by Iran

MQ-4C Triton: The drone the US says was shot down by Iran

Both the U.S. and Iran say Iranian forces shot down a U.S. drone.

However, the two countries have given different reports on where it went down.

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

They added that the downed drone was a US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk.

A US official confirmed a drone had been shot down but said the incident occurred in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

On its part, the US said the drone was a US official said it was an MQ-4C Triton.

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.

US officials have also blamed Iran for conducting attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Central Command said the US did not have any aircraft in Iranian airspace on Thursday (local time), disputing claims made by Iran.

“We did not have any aircraft in Iranian airspace today,” said Captain William Urban, spokesman for US Central Command.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) previously said the drone was flying in Iranian airspace.

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