Iran downed a mysterious drone close to delicate Gulf area, now what? – Center East

Iran downed a mysterious drone near sensitive Gulf region, now what?

A projectile and a drone launched at Saudi Arabia by YemenÕs Houthis are displayed at a Saudi navy base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2019.
(picture credit score: REUTERS/STEPHEN KALIN)

Iran mentioned its air protection downed a drone on Friday, claiming the drone entered Iran’s airspace close to the southern metropolis of Mahshahr. A commander of Iran’s air protection mentioned it was taken down earlier than it might get to a delicate space. Iran downed a US drone in June however the American military says this drone was not one in all theirs. That leaves the identification of the drone unclear.

Ira says it was a “overseas drone.” A missile was fired to take it out. Iran says it recovered wreckage. “It belonged to a overseas nation.” This results in some questions on what’s going on. A drone and cruise missile assault focused Saudi Arabia in September. The US alleges Iran was accountable. Iran and the US have additionally been concerned in tensions within the Persian Gulf since Could. Iran attacked oil tankers and seized a British tanker. The US despatched drones close to Iranian airspace. The US additionally jammed or downed an Iranian drone in July. The US thought of finishing up air strikes on Iran in June after one in all its drones was downed.

Drone wars are thus a sort of trade within the Gulf these days. A serious naval train lately happened with the US and different allies within the space. Iran additionally despatched some ships to sea and Iranian quick boats have harassed ships within the Persian Gulf. The US Central Command was adamant on Friday that the drone was not their asset. That would imply it was a drone of any variety of different forces or nations within the area. The town can be near Iraq the place there are giant protests.

Drones have more and more raised tensions within the area. In August Israel struck a “killer drone” group working in Syria. This led to tensions with Hezbollah as properly after Hezbollah claimed to down a drone in Beirut. Iran introduced this week it’s growing uranium enrichment. The US additionally sanctioned extra Iranians this week.

Iran might reply to the drone downing if it thinks it is aware of the supply of the drone. It should see what sort of wreckage it recovered. Iranian media was fast to brag and showcase the downing of the drone so it’s clear Iran needs to make use of the incident to its profit.

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