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Iran says it's 'ready for war' after US official confirms it shot down American drone



In a major provocation, Iran shot down and unarmed and unmanned U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone while it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, and U.S. official duty ABC News.

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Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, offered strongly threatened to the US After the drone was downed.

"Shooting down the American spy drone had a clear, decisive, firm and accurate message," he said, translated from Farsi. "The message is that the guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this country. The only solution is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran."

"We are not currently involved in any country, but we are completely ready for the war. Today's incident is a clear sign of this accurate message, "Salami added.

 PHOTO: The Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman photo by Alex Evers
The Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif.

The U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton was shot down at a Iranian surface to air missile while the reconnaissance drone was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, a U.S. official duty ABC News.

Earlier, Iranian state media quoted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as saying it had downed a Global Hawk drone when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district north of the Strait of Hormuz.

The MQ-4C Triton is an unarmed surveillance aircraft powered by a jet engine, which is capable of operating at altitudes as high as 60,000 feet. It is the Navy's version of the reconnaissance aircraft that the Air Force calls the RQ-4 Global Hawk.

The incident is not the first time in recent days that Iran has targeted an American drone off its coast.

Last Thursday, Iran attempted to shoot down an MQ-9 Reaper that was surveillance of the attack on one of two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The United States has blamed Iran for being responsible for the attacks on the two tankers – a claim Iran has denied.

 PHOTO: In this undated photo released by Sepahnews, the website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Salasin Salami speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran Sepahnews via AP
In this undated photo released by Sepahnews, the website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Hossein Salami speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran.

"According to our assessment, a modified Iranian SA-7 surface-to-air missile attempted to shoot down at US MQ-9, at 6:45 am local time, June 13, over the Gulf of Oman, to disrupt surveillance of the IRGC attack on the M / T Kokuka Courageous, "CENTCOM spokesperson Lt. Col. Earl Brown said in a statement to ABC News on Saturday.

said.

In early May, the Pentagon rushed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and a B-52 bomber task force to the Middle East to get possible attacks from Iran or Iranian-backed groups on U.S. forces and U.S. interests in the region.

ABC News' Somaye Malekian contributed to this report.


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