In a major provocation, Iran unloaded an unarmed and unmanned airplane of the US Navy MQ-4C Triton while flying in the international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.
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Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of the Iranian Corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, proposed a strong threat to the United States after the unmanned plane was overthrown.
"The shooting of the American spy plane had a clear, firm, firm and accurate message," he said, translated by Farsi. "The message is that guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will respond decisively to the violation of any stranger in this land." The only solution for the enemy is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran.
"We do not intend to fight any country, but we are completely ready for the war. Today's incident is a clear sign of this exact message, "said Salamie.
from an Iranian surface-to-air missile while the intelligence drones fly into the international airspace over the Straits of Ormus on Thursday, a US official told ABC News.
Earlier, the Iranian state media quoted the Iranian Corps as an Islamic Revolutionary Guard, saying it pulled a Global Hawk drop when it entered the Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak area north of the Strait of Hormuz.
The Triton of the MQ-4C is an unarmed jet-powered jet powered aircraft capable of operating at heights up to 60,000 feet. This is the naval intelligence version of the intelligence planes that the Air Force calls the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
The incident was not the first time in recent days that Iran has directed an American unmanned airplane off its coast.
Last Thursday Iran tried to knock down a MQ-9 harvester who was watching the attack on one of the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The United States has accused Iran of being responsible for the attacks on the two tankers – an Iranian refusal.
"According to our assessment, a modified Iran-based SA-7 land-air rocket has attempted to remove the American MQ-9 at 6:45 pm local time on June 13 over the Bay of Oman to disrupt the IRGC The striker of M / T Kokuka Smel, said CENTCOM spokesman Colonel Earl Brown in a statement by ABC News on Saturday
. "Subsequent analysis shows that this is probably an attempt to overturn or otherwise disrupt MQ-9 surveillance of the IRGC attack on M / T Kokuka Cumbl, "Brown said.
In early May, the Pentagon made USS aircraft bomber Abraham Lincoln and B-52 bomber to the Middle East to prevent possible attacks from Iran or Iran-backed groups against US forces and US interests in the region.
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