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Iran says shot down US drone

Tehran lawmaker claims Revolutionary Guard successfully shoots down 'unmanned spy plane' flying over nuclear facility near Qom

Dudi Cohen and AP
Published: 07.20.11, 13:13 / Israel News

Iran claimed Wednesday to have shot down an unmanned US spy plane which was flying over the Fordo uranium enrichment site in central Iran, near Qom.


The state TV-run Youth Journalists Club quoted lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari as saying Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down the drone as it was conducting a surveillance flight.



The report did not say when the incident happened.


Iran first acknowledged the existence of the Fordo site in September 2009, after Western intelligence agencies identified it. Fordo is built next to a military complex to protect it in case of an attack.


The IAEA believes the facility became operational as far back as 2002, but Iran insists uranium enrichment there began only in 2007.


Last week, it was reported that Iran was moving its nuclear program into a mountain facility reportedly able to withstand airstrikes.




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