US shot down Iranian drone that ‘posed threat’ to forces in ‘unprovoked attack’

An Iranian drone which the US claimed posed a “threat” to its forces was shot down.

In a statement made by the US Central Command (CENTCOM), they said that he “unmanned aerial vehicle” was heading in the direction of Erbil, Iraq.

The organisation said that “condemned” the “unprovoked attack” that fortunately did not lead to any forces being wounded or killed.

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While there are several US troops that are currently operating in Iraq due to requests made by the Iraqi Government, it's confirmed that the strike took place at around 2.10pm local time (12.10pm UK time) on Wednesday (September 28).

In it's statement, the CENTCOM said: “US Central Command condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ unprovoked attack in Iraq’s Erbil Governorate this morning.

“Such indiscriminate attacks threaten innocent civilians and risk the hard-fought stability of the region.

“No US forces were wounded or killed as a result of the strikes and there is no damage to US equipment.

“At approximately 2.10pm local time, US forces brought down an Iranian Mojer-6 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle headed in the direction of Erbil as it appeared as a threat to CENTCOM forces in the area.

“CENTCOM personnel operate in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq to advise, assist, and enable partner forces in ensuring the lasting defeat of ISIS.”

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Iraqi Kurdistan Health Minister Saman Barazanchi said Iran's Revolutionary Guards firing missiles and drones in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq has resulted in nine people being killed and 32 wounded.

He revealed that: “Some of the wounded are in critical condition and death toll could rise”.

Despite the deaths, the Revolutionary Guards has claimed they would continue their mission as they say they are targeting "terrorists" in the region.

They said: “This operation will continue with our full determination until the threat is effectively repelled, terrorist group bases are dismantled, and the authorities of the Kurdish region assume their obligations and responsibilities.”

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