Iran guns down ‘foreign’ drone

Iran guns down ‘foreign’ drone

Agency News

Tehran, Nov 8: An unidentified drone, which was earlier speculated to be downed by Iran, was shot down by Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defence Force (IRIAF) on Friday morning over its Southern port city of Mahshar, nearby country’s major petrochemical plants.

Fars news agency reported that the Air Defence Force of the Iran Army shot down an unidentified drone over Bandar-e Mahshahr in the Persian Gulf early morning.

No further details have been disclosed yet.

The Pentagon, however, denied reports that a US drone was shot down by Iranian defence forces in the province of Khuzestan, saying all American military equipment in the area is accounted for.

"Alleged reports of a US drone being shot down are incorrect," US Central Command (CENTCOM) wrote on Twitter. "If an Unmanned Aircraft System {UAS) had gone down in the CENTCOM [area] it was not a DoD asset. All US equipment has been accounted for."

On June 20, the IRGC Aerospace Force shot down an American spy drone over the territorial waters of Iran near the Strait of Hormuz at dawn on June 20.

After the incident, US President Donald Trump said the US air force was “cocked and loaded” to attack three Iran targets, but he called off the strike with 10 minutes to spare after being told that the airstrike might kill as many as 150 people. (UNI)