Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, issued this statement after the US drone was downed. “Shooting down the American spy drone had a clear, decisive, firm and accurate message,” he said. “The guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this land. The only solution for the enemies is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran.”
Contesting this, Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, commander of the US CENTCOM Air Force, said the American drone was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an Iranian site near Goruk while on a surveillance mission over international waters near the previous tanker attacks.