Iran Attacks U.S. Drone
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Last week officials from the Pentagon reported that Iran fired at an unarmed U.S. drone that was hovering in international airspace. The flying craft was located 16 nautical miles off the coast of Kuwait in international waters, and never entered the 12-mile limit that would constitute Iranian territory.
George Little, a spokesperson on the incident that occurred Nov. 1 at approximately 4:50 a.m., stated that this is the first time Iranians have fired on a U.S. Drone. The MQ1 Predator drone was conducting “routine surveillance” near the Persian Gulf and had not intruded in Iranian airspace.
Two Iranian jets fired at the drone twice, fortunately failing to hit the craft on both attempts. Following the attack, the drone moved further away from the Iranian coast and landed safely at a location that cannot be disclosed. However, the Iranian jets did attempt to pursue the drone for a short distance.
When questioned about how the U.S would respond to the attacks, Little has stated that the U.S. has “a wide range of options from diplomatic to military”. U.S. government officials have already begun protesting to the Iranians.
Financial sanctions have been put into place “related to the Iranian government’s human rights abuses, support of terrorism and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps”.
The U.S. will continue running its surveillance missions in the area.
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