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.”


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 TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds Reporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims 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.