By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Evidence Iran has offered to ‘prove’ that an American RQ-4 Global Hawk drone was in its airspace when it was shot down this week is completely fraudulent.
In particular, a photo Iran has published supposedly showing the drone tumbling from the sky in flames to indicate where it was when it was targeted destroys any remaining credibility the Islamic republic had.
The state-run Islamic Republican News Agency published a photo of what the outlet claimed was the RQ-4 tumbling from the sky:
However, as The U.K. Sun reports, that same photo was used in a 2017 news report about a U.S. drone in the skies over Yemen.
As The Sun reported, it isn’t clear yet whether the Iranian news agency mistakenly used an old photo or not.
However, given the regime’s provocative statements against the U.S. and its regional allies of late, coupled with Iran’s other acts of aggression, it’s not a stretch to believe this was just a clumsy propaganda attempt.
Since the downing of the RQ-4, the Trump administration and the Pentagon have repeatedly noted that the drone was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, as is normal procedure.
U.S. Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) made it clear what that the U.S. government believes the incident was an “unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset.”
“U.S. Central Command can confirm that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (or BAMS-D) ISR aircraft was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on June 19, 2019,” he said in a statement Thursday.
“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” Urban added.
Meanwhile, President Trump warned anew that any future Iranian actions involving the loss of life of U.S. personnel, especially, would be treated harshly. He used a version of the word ‘obliterate.’
Should Iran target American military personnel or continue to destroy U.S. military assets, at some point the president said Iran would face “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”
“But I’m not looking to do that,” Trump told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
“You can’t have nuclear weapons,” Trump said, according to NBC News. “And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise, you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.”
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