Iran Shoots Down U.S. Drone Near Straight of Hormuz
UNDATED -- A U.S. official is confirming that Iran shot down an American drone with a surface-to-air missile.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the drone was taken out in international airspace Thursday near the Strait of Hormuz.
That contradicts Iranian media reports that the dronewas in Iranian airspace.
Reuters quoted Cap. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, as saying "no US aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace" Thursday.
Press TV reported the drone was a US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk, while the US official said it was a MQ-4C Triton. Both are unmanned surveillance aircraft developed by weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman.
US officials blame Iran for conducting attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and the US President himself last week accused Iran of being behind the provocation, telling Fox News: "It was them that did it."
Tehran has categorically denied the accusations, and President Hassan Rouhani said the country does not seek war but "is determined to show its hopefulness and vitality and defeat the enemy's plot."
(CNN contributed to this article)
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