IRAN says it’s “ready for war”
IRAN says it’s “ready for war” after shooting down a US “spy” drone today as tensions continue to rise in the Persian Gulf.
The Islamic Republic’s state-run IRNA news agency has insisted the country’s Revolutionary Guard hit the drone when it flew over Iran in a “clear message” to Washington.
But in a shocking twist it was claimed the image Iran used to make the claim is fake – and actually shows a drone being shot down over Yemen two years ago.
The US military challenged Iran’s claims saying the drone was gunned down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
Earlier, Navy Captain Bill Urban, of America’s Central Command, said: “No US aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today.”
Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said that Tehran does “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war” while insisting “our airspace is a red line”.
Speaking on Iranian state television, he said this morning’s incident sends a “clear message” to the US while issuing a threat to the country’s “enemies”.