Connect with us

Featured

Iran Shoots Down US Drone With Surface To Air Missile Over Strait of Hormuz

Published

on

Iran defence forces shot down a US drone on Thursday amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran over its collapsing nuclear deal. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stated that they shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk over Iranian airspace, while a US official told The Associated Press the downing happened over the international airspace.

US-Iran War of Words Intensifies; Tehran Threatens to Block Oil Routes

 

Earlier, the US military alleged Iran had fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The US blames Iran for the attack on the ships; Tehran denies it was involved.

The attacks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the US and Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Tehran’s nuclear deal a year ago.

In recent weeks, the US has sped an aircraft carrier to the Mideast and deployed additional troops to the tens of thousands already in the region. In From Yemen, Iranian-allied Houthi rebels have launched bomb-laden drones into neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the US and Iran into an open conflict, some 40 years after Tehran’s Islamic Revolution.

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

Kouhmobarak is about 1,200 kilometers southeast of Tehran and very close to the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, citing the IRGC, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk. The US official told the AP the Iranians fired a surface-to-air missile striking the American drone.

The official said the incident happened over the Strait of Hormuz in international airspace. The strait is the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all global oil moves through.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

israel-palestine israel-palestine
Featured8 hours ago

Why Soviet Russia At Its Prime & Host Of Arab Nations Could Never Overpower A Tiny Israel?

Israel may be a small country but it fields one of the most capable military forces in the world. It...

saudi-uae saudi-uae
Featured14 hours ago

Pakistan Claims ‘Big Victory’ Over India After Saudi, UAE Led OIC Adopts Surprise Resolution On Kashmir

Amid the reports that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Niger was abandoning the Kashmir issue, the foreign...

LCH-1 LCH-1
Featured15 hours ago

HAL Developed World’s Lightest Attack Helicopter A Stepping Stone For Indian Pilots Towards Apache Choppers

As India looks to induct its indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) into its armed forces, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief,...

DRONES-TURKEY DRONES-TURKEY
Featured16 hours ago

Pakistan Buying Mini Drones From Turkey To Bolster Its Border Offensive Against India – Reports

To enhance surveillance on the border and fast-track weapons dispatches on the Indian side of Kashmir, Pakistan is roping in...

Apache-Helicopter Apache-Helicopter
Featured16 hours ago

As British Army Goes For A Massive Overhaul It Receives First Two AH-64E Guardian Gunships Helicopters

The British Army has just received its first AH-64E Apache ‘Guardian’ helicopter gunships and would start the replacement of the...

Armata-Tank Armata-Tank
EurAsian Region19 hours ago

Russian Media Claims Its T-14 Armata Tanks Are Capable Of Operating On Mars With New Engines

Russia’s T-14 Armata main battle tanks will be able to operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius with...

F18-India-Deal F18-India-Deal
Asia Pacific21 hours ago

Doors Open For More Rafale Fighter Jets, F-18 Super Hornets After Another MiG-29 Goes Down

Thursday’s crash of the Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft in the Arabian Sea has once again revived the debate whether...

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Asia Pacific22 hours ago

Xi’s China Eradicates Absolute Poverty; Where Does Modi’s India Stand?

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, China has reportedly achieved its long-standing goal of ending absolute poverty. However, there have been no...

Iranian-Islamic-Revolutionary-Guards Iranian-Islamic-Revolutionary-Guards
Featured22 hours ago

Israel-Iran War: Why Israel & US Are ‘Keenly Awaiting’ Iran’s Retaliation After Top Nuclear Scientist Assassinated?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani directly accused Israel of assassinating Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Islamic country’s prominent nuclear scientist. He, however, added...

Russia-China Russia-China
Featured1 day ago

Are Russia & China Taking A Lead From NATO & Working To Develop A Joint Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier?

China and Russia’s common adversary, the US, has brought the two powers together and have cooperated by carrying out joint...

Advertisement
Advertisement