Tensions in the Persian Gulf increased Friday after Tehran announced it had downed an “unknown” drone the Islamic regime claims had violated Iranian airspace. The Pentagon has stated that all U.S. drones have been accounted for.
Iranian reports said that the drone was downed in the early hours of Friday near the critical southwestern port city of Bandar-e Mahshahr on the countrys Gulf Coast. The city is located in an oil-rich region and is home to a number of Irans most important oil refineries and storage depots.
Gholamreza Shariati, the Provincial Governor, told Irans official news agency IRNA that the drone definitely belonged to a foreign country, and that the wreckage had been recovered and was being examined by Iranian investigators.
The IRNA also released a video that apparently shows the firing of the surface-to-air missile that took out the drone. The agency did not comment on whether the device was a military drone or a commercially available device. Meanwhile, Fox News reported that a U.S. military official had stated that all American drones had been accounted for and none shot down.
The incident follows a period of heightened tensions with Iran. In June, a U.S. surveillance drone was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz by Iranian forces. While Iran insisted it had been defending its airspace, the U.S. called the missile strike “an unprovoked attack” that occurred outside of Iranian airspace.
Following pressure from members of the U.S. Congress, social media giant Twitter moved this week to ban the internationally recognized, Iran-backed terror organizations Hamas and Hezbollah from their platform. The move garnered widespread praise, including from Jonathan Conricus, the International Spokesperson of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Internationally recognized terror groups should never have a platform for their violent extremism. pic.twitter.com/2Dm8bEcB6S
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) November 2, 2019
Iran also announced this week that it had prevented a United Nations inspector from inspecting a nuclear site recently because, the regime claimed, she had tested positive for nitrates, which can be used in explosives. The female inspector was also temporarily prevented from leaving Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rejected the claims.
Preventing an inspector from leaving a country, particularly when instructed to do so by the IAEA, is not acceptable and should not occur, Mr Read More – Source