Was the downed drone Iran's property? Maybe not

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

USS WaspAn Iranian-born national defense analyst says information coming to light is casting doubt over the origin of a drone shot down by U.S. armed forces operating near Iran last week.

President Trump announced July 19 that the U.S. military downed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it approached within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer (pictured at right), an amphibious assault ship.  

Trump also said Iran was controlling the drone. Iran predictably responded that was not true, claiming sarcastically that the U.S. may have shot down its own aircraft.

Sargis Sangari, an Iranian native who now leads the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement, tells OneNewsNow that Arab allies have shared information with the U.S. suggesting Iran did not own the downed drone.

The drone, in fact, could have belonged to the United Arad Emirates.

“If that's the case, it's not good for our reputation,” he says, “because we should be much better as far as finding out if the drones are being launched out of Iran or one of the Gulf states."

After claiming the drone was not Iranian, Iran state TV released drone footage and proclaimed its own drone safely filmed the Boxer and returned home.

The suspected Iranian drone approached the Boxer after other incidents: a large Iranian vessel approached within 500 yards of the Boxer, and an Iranian military helicopter flew close to the ship, too, CNN reported. 

USNI News reported a U.S. Marine unit aboard the Boxer used a new electronic welfare system, known as Marine Air Defense Integrated System, to drop the drone by jamming its electronics.

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