The Thursday downing of a US drone by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has caused tensions between Tehran and Washington to reach new heights, with both sides claiming to have been in the right. Some argue, however, that history shows the US is not afraid to fire first and withhold admissions of guilt until they get what they want.
Both the US and Iran have released footage they say back up their respective claims about whether the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone was operating within international or Iranian airspace before being shot down by the IRGC earlier Thursday.

While Marandi did not explicitly offer any insight on who may have conducted the Basra attack, Kiriakou pointed out that while the attack would be labeled as terrorism if carried out by the US, Washington’s standards say “if the rocket were fired from a ship, or from a plane, that’s an act of self-defense.”

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