June 20, 2019 / 4:44 AM / 2 months ago

No U.S. aircraft operated over Iran, U.S. military says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military did not fly over Iranian airspace on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, after a news website run by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said a U.S. drone was shot down over the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan.

“No U.S. aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today,” Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central Command, said shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Urban declined further comment. The U.S. military has in recent days confirmed an attempt by Iran to shoot down a U.S. drone last week as well as a successful shootdown of one on June 6 by Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Stephen Coates

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