Iran Releases Edited Video of US Drone Being Shot Down; Soldiers Heard Cheering, “Allahu Akbar!”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps released video Thursday of the Wednesday shoot down of a $220 million unarmed U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk reconnaissance drone in international airspace over the Straight of Hormuz. The video was posted by the Iranian propaganda outlet PressTV.

U.S. Central Command released video of the shot down drone falling from the sky:

Screen image from Iranian propaganda video.

The video is edited to make it appear the missile traveled a shorter distance than it actually did to take out the drone. As the drone is seen exploding from the impact, celebrating soldiers can be heard off camera shouting Islamist supremacy slogans, “Allahu akbar!”, and then “Inshallah!…”

An Iranian map illustrating the flight of the Global Hawk and the point of impact appears to show the drone traveling over international waters in the straight. The drone was hit on a return loop over waters it had just flown past without apparent incident.

Press TV also posted several tweets about the shoot down.

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted a statement, “The US wages #EconomicTerrorism on Iran, has conducted covert action against us & now encroaches on our territory. We don’t seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters. We’ll take this new aggression to #UN & show that the US is lying about international waters”

Zarif later posted an Iranian claim to have recovered pieces of the drone wreckage in Iranian waters, “At 00:14 US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace. It was targeted at 04:05 at the coordinates (25°59’43″N 57°02’25″E) near Kouh-e Mobarak. We’ve retrieved sections of the US military drone in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down.”

A request for comment from former Obama national security official Colin Kahl about whose side he was on in the drone attack was ignored with a block instead of “America, of course.”

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