Pentagon confirms Iran shot down US surveillance drone

Iranian forces shot down a US naval surveillance drone but the aircraft was in international air space, said the Pentagon June 20, 2019. — AFP pic
Iranian forces shot down a US naval surveillance drone but the aircraft was in international air space, said the Pentagon June 20, 2019. — AFP pic

WASHINGTON, June 20 — The Pentagon confirmed today that Iranian forces shot down a US naval surveillance drone but insisted the aircraft was in international air space, not that of Iran.

The BAMS-D drone was downed by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, a US Central Command spokesman, Navy Captain Bill Urban, said in a statement. He said it happened at 2335 GMT yesterday.

“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” he added. “This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in international airspace.” — AFP

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