Iran claimed on Thursday morning local time that it had shot down a U.S. drone in the country, according to state-run television.
Press TV reported that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iranian military, shot down the “spy drone” in the province of Hormuzgan.
State-run “IRNA said Thursday the drone was hit when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmoboarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province,” the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Central Command spokesman Bill Urban claimed to the Associated Press that “there was no drone over Iranian territory.”
Later, a United States official claimed to the Associated Press that Iran had shot down a United States drone using a missile in international territory.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commander said the act of shooting down the drone sends “a clear message” to America, and said that while Iran is not looking for war with anyone, they are ready for war.