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Iran shoots down US military drone aircraft

Exchange of charges about position of the aircraft

An American spy drone aircraft, identified as an RQ-4 Global Hawk, was shot down in Iran by the Pasdarans. According to Iranian state news agency "IRNA", the revolutionary guards reported that the aircraft was flying near the southern city of Hormozgan. "Shooting down of the American drone was a clear message for America, our borders are a red line and we will react strongly against any aggression. Iran is not looking for war with any country, but we are fully prepared to defend ourselves", said commander in chief of the Guard, Hossein Salami.

United States admitted that the drone was shot down yesterday, but a navy official stated that aircraft was flying over the Strait of Hormuz into international airspace and not the Iranian one. Last week in the Strait of Hormuz two oil tankers were attacked and United States accuses Iran about what happened. Washington has sent other military contingents in the region, including aircraft carriers and B-52 bombers. Tehran said it was responsible for security in the area, urging US forces to leave the Gulf.

Escalation of tensions triggered a worrying upward turn after Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, restoring international economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. In response, the ayatollahs regime has resumed the enrichment of uranium and heavy water, announcing that in few days it will exceed the limits set by the agreement (see AVIONEWS).

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