On 6 June 2019, an MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down over Yemen. But on Thursday, Iranian aircraft shot down a Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk, a turbofan jet with wingspan comparable to that of a Boeing 737 that can operate its synoptic multi-sensor at an altitude, says retired naval intelligence officer, J E Dyer, of 60,000 feet.
President Trump has called the Ayatollah’s raising of the ante by approving a further deployment of 1,000 troops to the region. But that’s not all, according to Jonathan Bernis, CEO of the Messianic mission, Jewish Voice International:
In addition, a squadron of 12 jet fighters, several spy planes, Patriot missile batteries, a B-52 bomber task force, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets have already been dispatched to the region.
Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers, an organisation concerned with surveillance systems, writes that President Trump’s response is a “game changer”:
“Though crippling to Iran’s military command and control systems,” reported the Washington Post, “the operation did not involve a loss of life or civilian casualties—a contrast to conventional strikes, which the president said he called back Thursday because they would not be ‘proportionate’.”U.S. Attacks Iran With Cyber Not Missiles — A Game Changer, Not A Backtrack
I think Iran is testing the waters, here, looking for the level of resolve and readiness in the US and Israel, niggling, distracting, and being altogether a nuisance. But it may portend greater strikes ahead, perhaps when the dust settles.