As tensions are escalating with Iran, the Pentagon has released video of a “U.S. Navy drone that was shot out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz by Iran.” Military officials are calling this an “unprovoked attack.”
According to Fox News, “an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner, was brought down by an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surface-to-air missile that was fired from near Goruk, Iran on Wednesday night.”
Head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, said “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace at any time during its mission…This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce.”
In the released Pentagon video, a smoke trail of the drone can be seen as it falls after the strike.
If Iran’s disregard of foreign relations is not completely clear, perhaps the fact that the drone landed in “international waters” is proof. U.S. officials told Fox News that “authorities were racing to find the wreckage in the water before Iranian forces did.” For them to find such a critical piece of American equipment could be devastating. Iran’s response is
President Trump warned that America ‘will not stand’ for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone: “They made a very big mistake…I find it hard to believe it was intentional, and it could have been someone who was loose and stupid” he told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News this week on “Special Report” with Bret Baier that the situation with Iran “is getting more dangerous by the day” and that if Iran “attacks shipping again,’ the United States should consider ‘taking out their Navy, oil refineries.”
In the most recent update after officials and lawmakers had a classified briefing in the White House that lasted over an hour following the downing of the American drone, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Fox News that they had a good briefing and that the Trump administration would engage in “measured responses.”