Iran Says US Drone Was Downed Over Iranian Territory Versus International Waters

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I only wish the US republican President Donald J. Trump and his flank-men, the NSA Director John Bolton and the State Secretary Mike Pompeo were trustworthy gentlemen who had a reputation for truth-telling, but that’s not the case. I don’t believe the details that they’ve been sharing about how Iran was recently responsible for damaging 2 oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz area because their stories changed. Initially, they were telling Americans that the tankers were hit by underwater mines but the Japanese owner of one of the tankers said the the hole was above the water line, and his men who were on-board kept referring to seeing the vessel being hit by air type projectile.

On 20th of June 2019, the US has been accusing Iran of having attacked a US drone hovering over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz area where part of it is in Iranian territory and Iranian officials have been disputing the US claim that its drone was travelling in international air-space.

See NYT report: What We Know About Iran Shooting Down a US Drone

The president’s saber rattling has been on full display over this latest incident. This is no small deal.

For the US to send its drone to do surveillance over the Strait of Hormuz could be considered an act of provocation by US even if it was downed over international air-space versus Iranian territory. This would be like N Korea sending a drone to hover over the Gulf of Mexico and then its officials complaining that the US military shot it down. What did they expect?

It’s likely that the US drone was over international air-space when it was downed, as the US military has the technology to accurately calculate its position.

As per the 6/20/2019 Daily Beast report by David Axe, “The U.S. military drone Iran shot down over the Persian Gulf on Thursday was a high-flying prototype model belonging to the Navy.”

“The Navy for years has deployed the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator, or BAMS-D, drones on an emergency basis, stationing the 737-size unmanned aerial vehicles to watch over Syria and Iran.”

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“The unarmed BAMS-D drone “was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesperson, told The Daily Beast via email.”

As per Wikipedia, “the Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulfand the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. At its narrowest, the strait has a width of 21 nautical miles (39 km).”

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“A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 20% of total global oil consumption passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade.”

On June 20, 2019, Tom O’Connor of Newsweek penned the following report, “IRAN SAYS U.S. ‘LYING’ ABOUT WHERE DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN; MILITARY RELEASES VIDEO”


“Iran’s top diplomat accused the US of masking the true location of where its drone (went) down as the Pentagon released footage that appeared to show the aftermath of the latest incident that has raised tensions between the 2 nations.”

“The U.S. military has argued that its drone — an RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle — was shot down (6/20/2019) by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards over international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, up to 21 miles from the Iranian coast, but Tehran has claimed it was defending its territorial airspace.”

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“Hours after the incident, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the U.S. of waging “economic terrorism” through sanctions and said the country “conducted covert action against us & now encroaches on our territory.”

“We don’t seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters,” Zarif tweeted. “We’ll take this new aggression to #UN & show that the US is lying about international waters.”

“The Islamic Republic News Agency had earlier released a photo of what it said depicted the advanced U.S. drone falling from the sky moments after it was hit by what Tehran has claimed to be a domestically produced air defense system.”

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Strait of Hormuz in Iran Territory

“The Pentagon then mapped out its own version of events and released a 15-second clip that appeared to show a trail of smoke left by the downed drone as Air Force Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella stated that “Iranian reports that this aircraft was shot down over Iran are categorically false.”

“Zarif later shared what appeared to be a hand-drawn map purporting to show how the RQ-4A entered Iranian airspace from the United Arab Emirates and was shot down near the Iranian region of Kouh-e Mobarak. He claimed his country’s forces had recovered parts of the downed drone as an Iranian military outlet released an animated version of his map.”

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A still image from a video released June 20 by the Pentagon is purported to show the aftermath of Iran shooting down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A surveillance drone as it flew over the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. claimed the incident happened over international airspace, while Iran the unmanned aerial vehicle violated its sovereignty.U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
“United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has already called for an investigation into a previous incident in the nearby Gulf of Oman, where 2 oil tankers⁠—one Japanese and one Norwegian-owned⁠—were damaged in explosions blamed by the U.S. Central Command on the Revolutionary Guards amid international skepticism. Each country branded the other a terrorist organization in April as the U.S. and Iran approached a crisis ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a historic 2015 nuclear deal.”

“It’s very important to know the truth,” Guterres told reporters Friday. “The world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf.”

“Over a third of the world’s seaborne oil traffic passes through the Strait of Hormuz, but the U.S. has set out to prevent Iran from exporting such resources via a “maximum pressure” strategy designed to isolate Tehran economically and politically. The 2015 agreement’s other signatories—China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the UK —have continued to honor the deal, but Europe has struggled to implement its end of the bargain in the face of U.S. pressure.”

“Iran recently announced it would begin enriching uranium to levels above those stipulated in the agreement, with which the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency had so far confirmed Iran’s compliance. Iran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons, though its top foes — the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia — have claimed otherwise.”

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A map shared by U.S. Central Command showed what the Pentagon claimed to be the location its RQ-4 surveillance drone was shot down as well as the Iranian surface-to-air missile system that hit it, June 20. The U.S. has argued its state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle was downed over international airspace, something Iran disputes.U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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An apparently hand-made drawing showed what Iran said was the path of the U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, originating in the United Arab Emirates and violating Iranian airspace before being shot down near the Iran’s Kouh-e Mobarak region, June 20. The U.S. military has called such claims “categorically false” and argued the drone was hit over international airspace near the Strait of Hormuz.FOREIGN MINISTRY OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

“The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of supporting militant groups abroad and has claimed in recent months that it had evidence suggesting Tehran was looking to target Washington’s interests in the Middle East. Trump warned reporters that the world will “soon find out” whether or not he would choose to respond to (6/20/2019) incident with military action.”

“At the same time, he expressed doubts that the attack was “intentional,” saying he had “a feeling that it was a mistake made by someone doing what they shouldn’t have been doing”—perhaps “someone loose and stupid.”

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  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Simple way for the trump cartel to prove the actual location of the drone when it was struck by the missile. We have satellites that cover this area 24 hrs a day, simply release the video that it has showing the location of the drone. My bet is that it was indeed within the Iranian air space… One might wonder how, after the administrations description of the weapons possessed by Iran they could have hit the drone if it was at the distance from the Iranian launch point? This incident as in the alleged torpedo attack, has very little credible evidence to back up the claim being made by trump and his cartel.. I suppose when this effort to stir up a war allowing him to evade impeachment fails, he will have to go back to trying to start a war with Mexico!

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I’m on the same page that you are. I’m not buying the US story-line without absolute proof that the US drone was hovering over international waters.

      I have no doubt that the US was provoking Iran with surveillance drones and other aircraft that were hovering over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. In addition,if any Iranian military leader ordered the strike of the US drone without it being over Iranian territorial waters, that soldier would be in deep trouble.

      That’s why I’m having trouble with US story-line. These Iranian soldiers are not dummies. They’re definitely not like the Iraqi soldiers where it took yrs. for the US military to train them and where they took off leaving US military equipment behind if ISIS said boo.

      Hugs, Gronda


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