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US Navy Says It Foiled Iranian Attempt to Capture Sea Drone

  • Guard Corps tried to tow away vessel in Persian Gulf, US says
  • Iran labels the US account a ‘false Hollywood narrative’
Screenshot of a video showing a ship from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy towing a Saildrone Explorer in international waters of the Arabian Gulf on August 30.

Screenshot of a video showing a ship from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy towing a Saildrone Explorer in international waters of the Arabian Gulf on August 30.

Source: U.S. Navy
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The US Navy said it thwarted an attempt by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to capture an unmanned American vessel in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, as tensions persist despite efforts by the countries to resolve their deadlock over restoring the 2015 nuclear deal. 

After an IRGC ship was spotted towing the so-called sail-drone late on Monday, a nearby US patrol boat responded by launching a combat helicopter, according to a statement by the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.