Iran claims capture of U.S. intelligence drone in its airspace…. Navy denies.
Iran said on Tuesday it had captured a U.S. intelligence drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the U.S. military quickly denied having lost any unmanned aircraft in the Middle East.
The incident highlighted tensions in the Gulf as the Islamic Republic and the United States demonstrate their military capabilities in the vital oil exporting region in a standoff over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Iran claimed Tuesday it had captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf- even showing an image of a purportedly downed craft on state TV – but the U.S. Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the region were “fully accounted for.”