Two US officials confirmed to Reuters what a Houthi military rep has claimed: that a US drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday night. One of the officials believes that the drone was taken down by a surface to air missile that was provided to the rebels by Iran, while the other said it was too early to draw conclusions about who was responsible for the event, Reuters reported. The incident occurred southeast of the capital Sanaa, which is under Houthi control.
A US drone was shot down over Yemen, according to reports.
No official information has been received as to what the goal of the drone was.
Iran claimed that drone had trespassed over its territory, while the USA argued it was in global airspace. A Houthi spokesman said the missile was "developed locally" and will be revealed at a press conference.
That downed drone led to a USA military strike that was called off by President Donald Trump at the last minute because of concerns about the death toll.
U.S. forces have occasionally launched drone and air strikes against Yemen's al-Qaida branch, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The downing comes as tensions between Iran and the USA have risen since Donald Trump's administration withdrew past year from an worldwide deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions. "The global community will have plenty of time to see how long it has until Iran is unshackled to create new turmoil, and figure out what it must do to prevent this from happening". "President Trump can not expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable", the foreign minister said during a speech in Stockholm.
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