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Is Iran Trying To Provoke A War With The United States?

Jeff Katz
June 20, 2019 - 9:43 am

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent a "clear message" that it's "ready for war" after shooting down a U.S. drone Thursday morning as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to rise.

Iran's IRNA news agency claims the nation's Revolutionary Guard hit the "spy" drone when it flew over Iran as a "clear message" to the U.S. However, there is speculation over a photo released by IRNA that shows the drone being shot down as many are now claiming the photo is a fake and actually shows a drone being shot down over Yemen two years ago.

The U.S. military is challenging Iran's claim that the drone was shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian missile. U.S. Central Command stated that no drones were operating in Iranian airspace at the time. 

Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guard, said Iran does not intend to go to war with the U.S., but that it is "ready for war." He also said on Iranian state television, "We warn enemies of any aggression at this stage and assure them that we can reach them wherever they are."