US military: Iran's shooting down of US drone was 'unprovoked attack' in international airspace

US military: Iran's shooting down of US drone was 'unprovoked attack' in international airspace (MGN)
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- US military's Central Command: Iran's shooting down of US drone was 'unprovoked attack' in international airspace.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident.

The Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, while two U.S. officials told The Associated Press that the downing happened over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz. The different accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

Previously, the U.S. military alleged that Iran had fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. blames Iran for the attack on the ships; Tehran denies it was involved.

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