Iran downs 'foreign' drone over southern port city of Mahshahr

Iran new drone

Iran new drone

Iranian forces shot down a foreign drone over the port city of Mahshahr in its southern Khuzestan province on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting an Iranian official.

Provincial governor Gholamreza Shariati told agencies that the drone belonged to a "foreign" country and that parts of it had been recovered in a nearby lagoon.

Iranian media earlier reported that the army had shot down a drone over Mahshahr, without providing further details.

In June, US president Donald Trump authorised a strike on Iran after an American drone was shot down, only to call off the attack at the last minute amid fears that it would lead to excessive civilian casualties.

The Pentagon official, when asked if any US drone crashed or malfunctioned in the region on Friday, said: "There is no operation reporting of any (U.S.) drone going down".

"Alleged reports of a US drone being shot down are incorrect". If a UAS had gone down in the CENTCOM AOR it was not a #DoD asset.

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Earlier today, the Met Office issued an Amber Severe weather warning for Yorkshire & Humber, with disruption to travel predicted. The force said: "The local authority are asking that people do not drive or leave their properties unless necessary".

There was no immediate response from Iran's foe Israel.

Both countries have repeatedly challenged one another's claims, with the USA denying its device violated Iranian airspace, and Tehran denying its drone was hit at all in July.

IRIB, a state broadcaster, aired a short video purporting to show the interception of the drone by an Iranian anti-missile battery.

Iran's Arabic-Language al-Alam TV channel said: "Residents of Imam Khomeini port city heard the sound of a missile being fired on Friday morning". After Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards took down the advanced U.S. Global Hawk drone with what they said as a domestically-produced 3rd Khordad system in June, the Navy claimed to have downed a smaller Iranian drone the following month using an electronic jamming device on Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer.

Neither news agency gave any further details of the incident which comes amid soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington since President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal a year ago and reimposed crippling sanctions.

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