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Iran shoots down US military drone in Gulf region

Tensions between the US and Iran continue to escalate. On Thursday, Iran shot down a US military “spy” drone that it claimed had been flying over its southern territory near the Gulf. The US confirmed the downing of the drone, but said that it had happened in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz.

An Iranian official stressed that “our air space is our red line,” adding that “Iran has always responded and will continue to respond strongly to any country that violates our air space.”

US-Iran relations have been deteriorating ever since the United States pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year. The situation seems to have reached a critical point in the last week, with the US accusing Iran of carrying out the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and Iran warning that it will soon exceed the maximum amount of enriched uranium the country is allowed to store under the Iran deal. The escalating tensions are fueling global worries about a possible military conflict between the two countries.

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