United States confirms spy drone shot down by Iran in international airspace

The United States has confirmed Iranian claims that it had shot down one of its drones – but insists it was flying over international waters.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had said it shot down what it identified as a RQ-4 Global Hawk that had entered its airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province earlier this morning.

However, a US official said that the high-altitude drone – a US Navy MQ-4C Triton – was shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz in international airspace.

Captain Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman, earlier declined to comment when asked if an American drone was shot down.

However, he added: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”