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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shoot down US ‘spy drone’

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has shot down a US ‘spy drone’ over its territory

Iran’s state-run television reported that the elite Revolutionary Guards had brought down US made spy drone.

The English-language Press TV while quoting Revolutionary Guards reported that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down in the country’s southern coastal province of Hormozgan.

The US military denied the report.

“There was no drone over Iranian territory,” Captain Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman said.

The reported incident comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of a historic 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers and imposed sanctions on the country.

The tension heightened to a new level after two oil tankers came under attack near the Strait of Hormuz.

The US and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -have accused Iran of being behind the series of operations in the Gulf.

Tehran has denied involvement and instead suggested Washington could be the author of the attacks, using the operation to justify force against Iran.

On Wednesday, the US Navy said that recovered fragments from one of two tanker ships bore a “striking resemblance” to mines seen during Iranian military parades.

US Navy personnel showed reporters pieces of debris and a magnet the Navy said was used to attach an unexploded mine to the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker, which was attacked on June 13, along with the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker.

Iran has repeatedly denied any involvement in the June 13 suspected attacks, as well as in a similar attack on May 12 off the coast of the UAE.