The US scrambled an F-15 jet to shoot down an Iranian drone that appeared to be heading towards US forces in Iraq, yesterday.
US forces launched the jet after tracking dozens of Iranian short range ballistic missiles headed for Kurdish positions in northern Iraq.
The initial assessment is the launches originated inside Iran.
Earlier yesterday, nine people were killed, including civilians, after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps targeted Kurdish separatist groups in northern Iraq.
“At approximately 2:10 p.m. local time, US forces brought down an Iranian Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) headed in the direction of Erbil as it appeared as a threat to CENTCOM forces in the area,” Colonel Joe Buccino, US Central Command’s communications director, said in a statement which was reported on Kurdistan 24.
CNN reported the US scrambled an F-15 to shoot down the drone. This would make the incident very serious and show how quickly the US responded. One US official described this as a “significant incident,” the CNN report said.
The Central Command statement condemned the Iranian incursion as an “unprovoked attack” by the IRGC and said it was “indiscriminate.” The statement said it threatened civilian lives.
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