Iran shoots down US drone over Hormuz amid soaring friction

An Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a US Navy MQ-4C Triton over the Strait of Hormuz, an American official reported on Thursday June 20.   DEBKAfile: The missile’s description indicates it was fired from Iranian soil at an aircraft flying over international waters, which makes the incident grave enough to call for a US response. The official offered no further details.
Tehran is acting to underline its claim of responsibility for the security of navigation in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz  Washington challenges this claim after accusing Iran of aggression against oil tanker shipping and infrastructure as well as US interests in Saudi Arabia and American military and civilian sites in Iraq.

The downing of the Triton was disclosed shortly after Iran said its Revolutionary Guards shot down an American US RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone over the village of Kuhmobarak in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan. The RQ-4 is considered to be the world’s largest and most advanced UAV of its type.  Asked about this incident, Capt. Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman, declined to comment, saying only: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”

The contradiction between the Iranian claim and the American response may indicate separate incidents on different dates.

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38 thoughts on “Iran shoots down US drone over Hormuz amid soaring friction

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 10:59 at 10:59
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    The US does not want war with Iran, but the “Death to America” Twelver clerics in Iran want war with America. So be it.

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:02 at 16:02
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      Iran will destroy Americans in ME , and throw them to the sea . Its not only Iran its Iraq, Pakistan , all pashtun tribes , and shia worldwide –around 400 Million of them . Israel should stay away , since it will be evaporated .

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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        This is shrill.

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:24 at 16:24
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        Whatever raghead!

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45
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        Ya ok schmuck, good luck with your moronic predictions idiot

        • Jun 21, 2019 @ 3:41 at 3:41
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          Oh, yeah???

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:06 at 11:06
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    where are now all those fools&trolls who say “US airforce can easily bomb Iran , destroy nculear facility”

    today the American lost 200 Millions $, without any war

    Golan must and will be back to Syria

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:39 at 11:39
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      How can you troll your own site, or the media from your own friends on which one agrees basically so much with the content? (Chawerim she li lol) But about Golan, are you a prophet or anything?

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 12:56 at 12:56
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      Yes casket, your fate was sealed like yesterday. The response will be earth breaking

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 13:27 at 13:27
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      The Triton does not cost $200 million. It’s definitely expensive but not quite that expensive.

      But proportionality? Through measures already in place and which will likely result from shooting down our drone – Iran will likely lose far more.

      If I were Trump I’d consider staying with “covert” responses. Likely make bad things happen to Iran and refuse to comment on whether we were responsible.

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 14:19 at 14:19
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        was not the first drone, which shut by iranian
        as long as american are in persian gulf , or middle east they are vulnerable and loser.
        the iran is much more in covert operation, The middle east is their home

        • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:55 at 16:55
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          Interesting perspective.

          It might be worth noting, however, that the USA has long experience and bases in a number of countries in the Middle East. The USA would also appear to have more allies in the area.

          It is not at all clear that Iran has a superior position in the area. Iran may actually be there, but that does not necessarily convey a strategic advantage.

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:57 at 15:57
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        Triton cost $182.37million(In Fiscal year 2015) including research and development. Well if the Triton that was shot down has to be replaced in 2019 or later then the cost could well be $200million.

      • Jun 20, 2019 @ 23:46 at 23:46
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        Many are laughing at you, you don’t know that Sanctions are Costing Iran about $23 Billion, One Drone is nothing to America but costing everything to Iran?

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 13:38 at 13:38
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      ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS.

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:23 at 15:23
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      “Golan must and will be back to Syria”….LOLLL

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 20:22 at 20:22
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      Idiot.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:48 at 11:48
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    Why can’t the US send F-35,F-22 or B-2 for a test of their stealthy attributes. ?

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 12:39 at 12:39
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      Because they know they’ll fail the test as other stealth crafts failed against Iran.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:20 at 15:20
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    So what? Its only a drone.Trump:just another minor incident.Curious will these time the USA act??Looking forward to the next incident……

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:34 at 15:34
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    I believe it is about time to take this regime out once and for all. Iranians people deserve better future.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45
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    Just keep poking the bear, . . . agitating the alligator, . . . tempting the cobra, . . . then at the most vulnerable moment, . . . there will be a strike back, . . . it will be deadly, . . . it will be permanent, . . . and sadly, there will be hundreds of thousands if not millions of Iranians finding out Allah could not protect them or the ayatollahs.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:49 at 15:49
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    None of you have been in the military, (perhaps Israeli Army). You are really clueless.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58
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    No question Israel will have to take action to Preemptive Defend their Nation from Iran Nuclear Weapons Development and America with Gulf States and Europe Allies will do the same until Smarter Minds Prevail and there is no doubt about it, this not going to happen, but will happen!

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41
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    Israel has flown multiple missions in Iran for surveillance and Iran didn’t know it. America needs to keep supplying Israel with state of the art weapons. One day Iran’s government and it’s joke of a military will pay and the good people of Iran can form their own government and develop their country into a thriving economy,

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:43 at 16:43
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    **NEWS FLASH** Iran shoots down US drone over the Gulf of Tonkin! US says it was in international airspace. Pres Johnson to address nation from the Oval Office.

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:55 at 16:55
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      thanks cg for the only sane comment on this thread

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45
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    Let us pray for peace in the Middle East between all the faiths, between the strong and the weak knowing that being strong is not always a guarantee for victory. The race is not for the swift. There is such great history between the Persians, the Jews and to an extent the Americans. The dust must settle and be replaced by good relations and peace. A nuke in one’s hand is as dangerous as to the one carrying it as it is to the one pointed at. I pray for peace.

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:58 at 16:58
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      thanks bk. not enough people realize that the us-iran acrimony goes as far back as operation ajax, the british-us-israeli regime change in iran, 1953. as usual, it was all over the oil and money.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 17:35 at 17:35
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    Its only a drone/s. Trump does not want a war over a drone. We dont really know anything about what’s happening anyway…it could all be a whole lot of BS..a false flag? So far the containment policy seems to be working. I am hoping that there is not another war. If there is all iran’s demonic leadership and military must be wiped out.

    • Jun 20, 2019 @ 20:04 at 20:04
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      The Ayatoolahs and their Revolutionary Gestapo are facing the opposition of MILLIONS of PERSIANS who hate the na zi Ayatoolahs.

      Soon Persia Will Be Free Once More!

      Marg Bar Iran!

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 21:02 at 21:02
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    Trump says maybe Iran made a mistake. Just exactly what is Trump and team’s agenda here? Do they want to dance or just stand on the side. Iran seems strong and bold. This is pathetic policy from Trump team.

  • Jun 20, 2019 @ 22:13 at 22:13
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    When, a Cat job is to keep a House Free from Rodents. They often Play with the Mice until they decide it is time for them to leave or be let go! When it comes down to Action Iran Can’t Fight back!

    • Jun 21, 2019 @ 0:33 at 0:33
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      Who is the cat and who is the mouse here? Its not so obvious.

  • Jun 21, 2019 @ 1:08 at 1:08
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    totally underestimating the USA… BIG mistake.

  • Jun 21, 2019 @ 1:41 at 1:41
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    Born in Iran. Iranians will become bolder if response is shallow and non existent.

  • Jun 21, 2019 @ 1:43 at 1:43
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    Debka, a zionist disinfo site run by khazarian scum.

  • Jun 21, 2019 @ 7:04 at 7:04
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    Ezekiel 38. Meshek and Tubal are coming.

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