‘Shooting down drone by Iran’, US still in two-mind!

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a United States (US) drone on Thursday.

However, American and Iranian officials were disputing circumstances of incident.

Guard said that it shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk over Iranian airspace, while a US official informed ‘The Associated Press’ downing happened over international airspace in Strait of Hormuz.

The different accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

Previously, US Military alleged Iran had fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to attack on two oil tankers near Gulf of Oman.

However, Tehran denied that it was involved.

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down drone on Thursday morning when it entered Iranian airspace near Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province.

Kouhmobarak is some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of Tehran and close to Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, citing the Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk.

The US official told the AP Iranians fired a surface-to-air missile striking American drone.

Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders said Trump had been “briefed on reports of a missile strike in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“We are closely monitoring situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies,” Sanders said.

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