Iran claims US shot down its own drone by mistake
Iran has denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a US Navy ship had “destroyed” an Iranian drone.
Mr Trump said on Thursday that the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer and had ignored “multiple calls to stand down” in the latest episode to stir tensions in the Gulf.
It was the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents.
“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [Unmanned Aerial System] by mistake!,” Abbas Araqchi, Deputy Foreign Minister, responded in a tweet.
Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, an Iranian armed forces spokesman., added: Despite Trump’s baseless and delusional claims, all of (Iran’s) drones… have safely returned to their bases.”
“There have been no reports of a confrontation with the American USS Boxer” naval vessel, he added, quoted by Tasnim news agency……..read more
Source: The Telegraph