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Iran shoots down US drone aircraft in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran shoots down US drone aircraft in the Strait of Hormuz

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Jun 20, 2019 - 15:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Iran shot down a US drone aircraft on Thursday as tension between the two countries remained at high due to recent development and US decline from the nuclear agreement.

According to dawn, Iranian Revolutionary Guard said it shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk over Iranian airspace, while a US official told The Associated Press the downing happened over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz. The different accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

Previously, 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 White House separately said it was aware of reports of a missile strike on Saudi Arabia amid a campaign targeting the kingdom by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.

Iran recently has quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium and threatened to boost its enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, trying to pressure Europe for new terms to the 2015 deal.

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