Iran Allegedly Attempts to Capture US Drone

Photo: US Navy [via CNN]

The Facts

  • The US Navy has declared that it prevented the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy from capturing an American unmanned surface vessel (USV) in international waters in the Persian Gulf on Monday.

  • At 11 pm local time, the US Navy dispatched the USS Thunderbolt and an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to demand the IRGC Navy release the USV Saildrone Explorer that was being towed.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

This incident once again demonstrates Iran's continued destabilizing, illegal, and unprofessional activity in the Middle East. The US naval forces remain vigilant and will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international laws allow while promoting rules-based international order throughout the region.

Establishment-critical narrative

This latest incident shows that the illegal US military presence in the Persian Gulf threatens the region's security and stability. The IRGC acted solely to prevent accidents in shipping routes, promptly releasing the USV to a US patrol ship and instructing it on security risks.

Nerd narrative

There's a 19% chance that the US will rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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