The US has confirmed that Iran has shot down a spy drone in international airspace, but Iran says the drone was in their airspace.
On Thursday morning Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had said it shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk that had entered its airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province.
However, a US official said the US Navy MQ-4C Triton, a high-altitude drone was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
Captain Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman said, “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”
On Wednesday 1,000 US military arrived to join tens of thousands of troops in the region, and a us aircraft carrier arrived in the region in recent weeks.
The last month there has been attacks on oil tankers and it is thought Iranian allied Houthi rebels has launched bomb laden drones.
There is a clear rise in tensions across the region with the US, UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia blaming Iran for the oil tanker attacks. This latest episode could push US and Iran into an open conflict.