When a foreign power which is know to be Bat Shit crasy, evil, aggressive, a war criminal committing corporation, which has in the past, overthrown your government, installed a hand puppet, which mass murdered your people, held them in slavery, in harsh conditions, is currently trying to do the same thing again, comes peeping in your windows, you have every right to shoot the Peeping Tom’s butt!
John C Carleton
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a new statement on Thursday disclosed details about the shooting down of a US spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz, stressing that the unmanned aircraft was targeted after violating Iran’s airspace over the Southern coasts.
“The Global Hawk spy drone took off from one of the US forces’ bases South of the Persian Gulf at 00:14 am today and turned off all its Identification (Identification Friend or Foe) equipment and continued flight from the Strait of Hormuz to Chabahar port in a full stealth mode,” the statement said at Thursday noon after the IRGC declared in an earlier statement that it has shot down the drone at dawn.
“The drone started collecting intel in a spying operation when it was returning towards the Western parts of the region near the Strait of Hormuz and it violated the airspace over the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territory,” it added.
“The IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense system targeted and destroyed the hostile aircraft which had entered Iran’s territorial airspace at 04:05 am,” the statement said.
The IRGC had announced in a statement early Thursday that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask after the aircraft violated Iran’s airspace.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can fly at high altitudes for more than 30 hours, gathering near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather.
Meantime, a US official said a US Navy MQ-4C Triton high-altitude drone was shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile.
After the incident, the Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored violation of the country’s airspace, warning of consequences of any aggression.
“We strongly protest at such aggressive and provocative measures and firmly warn against any illegal and aggressive flight of any hostile foreign flying objects over the country’s sky and violation of its airspace,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.
He warned that the aggressors should account for the consequences of such moves.
Also, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami confirmed downing of the US spy drone on the Southern coasts of Iran on Thursday, stressing that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away.
“At dawn, the IRGC Air Force bravely downed an enemy spy drone which had crossed our borders and was violating our national security,” General Salami said, addressing a congress in the Western province of Kurdistan.
He added that the incident sent “a clear message” to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression.
“Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran’s territorial integrity and national interests,” General Salami said.
“We declare that we do not want war with any country but we are fully ready for war and the today incident was a clear instance of this precise message,” he underscored.