Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone; CENTCOM Says It Was In International Airspace

Updated at 7: 30 a.m. ET Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory to send “a clear message” to America, but a U.S. official tells NPR that the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday that it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone that had entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country’s south, near the Gulf of Oman. “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Urban said Thursday. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.” Gen. Hossein Salami, the IRGC commander, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying Iran does “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war.” U.S. Central Command says Iran used a surface-to-air missile system to shoot down the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime