Iran shoots down U.S. spy drone it says was in its airspace

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory, but a U.S. official reportedly says the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace.

IRNA quoted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Thursday as saying it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone after it entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country’s south near the Gulf of Oman. The IRGC’s media arm, Sepah News, described the craft as a “spy” drone.

Initially, U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.” He told Reuters that “No U.S. aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today.”

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