(Washington Examiner) DRONE DOWN, TENSIONS UP: The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps says the country shot down a U.S. drone to send “a clear message” to America. In a speech carried live on Iranian state television, Gen. Hossein Salami said Iran does “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war.”
CONFLICTING REPORTS: Iran says it shot down the drone, reported to be an RQ-4 Global Hawk, for violating Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz. The United States says the drone was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk is the largest drone in the U.S. inventory, described in an Air Force fact sheet as “a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft” capable of flying more than 30 hours at a stretch.