Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has announced on Thursday that it has shot down a U.S. drone over its territory to send a clear message to the United States. This raises fears that a major military confrontation could erupt between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.
The elite Revolutionary Guard force (IRGC) commander Gen. Hossein Salami, said the United States’s aircraft was brought by a surface-to-air missile down on Thursday after flying into Iranian airspace. US officials however said that the drone was in international territory at the time.
The alleged shootdown comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with not only the alleged attacks on the tankers, but with Iran threatening to step up its nuclear activities.