Iran Shoots Down United States Drone
Early this morning, June 20, 2019, a United States drone was “shot down in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz”, the strategic waterway where a week ago two oil tankers exploded and which the U.S. subsequently blamed Iran for (1, 2). Iran, however, claimed “the violating airplane was over Iranian territory, [when it] was shot down” and for such a “violation of Iran’s airspace by foreign flying object… violators are responsible for the consequences of their actions” (3). General Hossein Salami of the Iranian Republic Guard said in a statement today that “shooting down the American spy drone had a clear [message that]… Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this land. The only solution for the enemies is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran” ; adding that Iran does “not intend to engage in war with any country, but [they] are completely ready for the war” (4). Captain Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, responded to the Iranian claim of the drone’s location saying “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,… [and this] was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace” (5).