Iran threatened to shoot down US military planes, US official claims

Iran threatened to shoot down US Navy EP-3 and P-8 aircraft over the weekend as they were flying in the northern Persian Gulf, a US military official has claimed.

The US military planes were flying in international airspace but “near Iranian airspace,” CNN reported on Tuesday.

According to the unnamed official, Iranian naval forces warned the aircraft not to enter the country’s airspace and risk being shot down by Iranian missiles.

The planes finally did not enter Iranian airspace and proceeded without untoward incident.

Last week, the Pentagon claimed that an American warship patrolling in the central Persian Gulf changed its course after a speedboat operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it.

Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on September 6 that the Iranian vessel had sailed directly in front of the USS Firebolt.

A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also claimed…

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