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Iran Says it Has Downed Drone Belonging to 'Foreign' Country

Iran Says it Has Downed Drone Belonging to 'Foreign' Country

Saturday, 9 November, 2019 - 06:00
A ScanEagle drone is shown during an Insitu customer event in Mazagon, Spain May 15, 2018, Courtesy Insitu/Handout via REUTERS
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All Pentagon drones are accounted for, the US Central command said in a statement on Friday, following reports from Iran's state news agency that Iranian forces had shot down a foreign country's drone.

"Alleged reports of a US drone being shot down are incorrect. If a UAS had gone down in the CENTCOM AOR it was not a #DoD asset. All US equipment has been accounted for," US Central Command said in a post on Twitter.

"The downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country. Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated," Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati, said, according to IRNA.

Iranian media earlier reported that the army had shot down a drone over Mahshahr, without providing further details.

The official and Iranian news outlets did not say which country it came from or whether it was a military or civilian drone.

Tasnim news agency said the drone "downed over Iran's airspace with the army's domestically made Mersad surface-to-air missile".

Mehr news agency aired footage it said showed the missile attack that downed "the aggressor drone". The short video showed a missile being launched from the ground followed by an explosion in the sky.

"It was a firm reaction to an aggressor foreign drone ... before reaching sensitive sites of the country," IRNA quoted Alireza Sabahifard, commander of Iran Air Defense Force of Army.

Iran's Arabic-Language al-Alam TV channel said: "Residents of Imam Khomeini port city heard the sound of a missile being fired on Friday morning".

In June, Iran shot down an unmanned US surveillance drone, which the Revolutionary Guards said was flying over southern Iran. Washington said the US drone had been shot down by Iran in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.

Relations between Iran and the United States have worsened since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed sanctions on the country.

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