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Iran Shoots Down US Navy Drone

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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20 Jun 2019
Iran Shoots Down US Navy Drone
Already high tensions in the Persian Gulf spiked Thursday morning following a report that Iranian air-defense units had shot down a US Navy MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz. Officials from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed the drone had been shot down after violating Iranian airspace. Also on Thursday morning, Iranian-backed Houthi factions in Yemen claimed to have hit a power station in Al-Shuqaiq city in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Province with a cruise missile.

The developments came as US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook was set to arrive in the Middle East for consultations with allies including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. A State Department statement said the meetings will include discussions of “Iran's regional aggression, including its recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman." It added that Hook "will also share additional U.S. intelligence on the range of active threats Iran currently poses to the region."

On Wednesday, IDF Military Advocate-General Maj.-Gen. Sharon Afek told a conference in Jerusalem that Israel faces a wide range of possible threats from Iran on many levels in many domains. Other Israeli and Western officials have warned in recent days that Iran may order Hezbollah or other terror proxies to attack Israel in order to deflect attention away from its own standoff with Washington.

Finally, a report was released Wednesday by the German State of Brandenburg’s intelligence agency declaring that Iran, China and Russia are the countries which are responsible for most of the illegal surveillance activities in Germany.

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