If you’re just catching up on the news, here’s what we know so far:
- What happened: Both the US and Iran say Iranian forces shot down a US drone. However, the two countries have given different reports on where the drone was.
- What the US is saying: Pentagon officials said Iran’s action was “an unprovoked attack” and that the drone was flying over international waters.
- What Iran is saying: Iran has hit back with strong rhetoric, saying the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards fired on an “intruding American spy drone” that was flying in Iranian airspace. The head of the guard said “destroying the US spy drone had a clear, quick, explicit and accurate message, which is that defenders of Iran’s borders will give strong and firm responses against any invasion of any strangers against this land.”
- What President Trump is saying: Trump said he believes Iran mistakenly shot down the US drone, saying he finds it “hard to believe it was intentional” and that it would have made a “big, big difference” if there was someone inside the drone.
- Escalating tension: On Monday, the Trump administration deployed 1,000 additional troops and more military resources to the Middle East. US officials have also blamed Iran for conducting attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.