Pentagon: Iran helped Houthi rebels shoot down drone

Pentagon: Iran helped Houthi rebels shoot down drone
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The U.S. military on Sunday said Iran helped Houthi rebels shoot down a U.S.-operated drone in Yemen.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown said the rebels shot down the MQ-9 drone on June 6 and that the altitude at which it was shot down was “an improvement over previous Houthi capability.”

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This increased capability, Brown said, led the military to conclude the rebels were assisted by Iran.

The Pentagon also blamed Iran for trying to shoot down another U.S. drone responding to what the U.S. government has said was an Iranian attack on the oil tanker Kokuka Courageous last Thursday.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoAs tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Trump's Huawei concession is 'the rope that could hang America' MORE have blamed Iran for the tanker attack, an assessment echoed by the British and Saudi governments. 

But Germany’s foreign minister has said further evidence is needed and the owner of one of the ships has contradicted the U.S. account.