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Iran claims to have shot down American spy drone



Iran's state-run press television said the US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk was shot down in the country's southern coastal Hormozgan province, near the Hormuz Strait.

CNN cannot independently verify the details of the Iranian state media report.

Press TV-cited Cap. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, said "no US aircraft operated in Iranian airspace" Thursday. CNN has reached the Pentagon for comment.

The Trump administration said Monday that it would send 1000 extra troops and more military resources to the Middle East in response to what Washington called "hostile behavior of Iranian forces threatening US personnel and interests throughout the region."

US officials owe Iran to attack oil tankers in Oman Bay, and the US president himself told Iran last week to be behind the provocation and tell Fox News: "They were the ones who did it."

Tehran has categorically denied the accusations and President Hassan Rouhani said the country is not seeking war, but "is determined to show its hope and vitality and defeat the enemy plot."

Iran has previously been charged with targeting American drones.

In the hours before the attack on the two tankers earlier this month, so the Iranians were flying an overhead American drone and launched a superficial missile on the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN. [1
9659009] In 2014, Iran's armed forces revealed what is claimed to be a copy of an ugly American drone "commanded" by Tehran in 2011.
Northrop Grumman, the weapon manufacturer building the RQ-4 Global Hawk , the aircraft describes as a "leading provider of persistent intelligence, monitoring and reconnaissance information."

It can fly more than 30 hours at a height of 60,000 feet (about 18,000 meters) and with a range of 12,300 miles.

Since 2001, Gobal Hawk became a member of the US Air Force fleet. It has collected more than 250,000 flight hours in support of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

  This image shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk landing at Misawa Air Base in Japan on May 24, 2014.

CNN's Daniel Allman contributed to this report.


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