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Reports: U.S. Drone Shot Down Over Iran Nuke Site

Iranian legislator claims unmanned spy plane was gathering information about nuclear plant

The Associated Press via
Updated July 20, 2011

A U.S. drone was shot down while flying over a nuclear facility in Iran, according to reports in the Iranian media.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that lawmaker Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari, a member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, had confirmed the unmanned spy plane was flying near the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province when it was brought down by Revolutionary Guard soldiers. …

Dafsari told Fars that the drone was trying to gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA.

Fars also said Iranian military officials had claimed to have shot down “several enemy drones” in January. …

Other Iranian media reported the same story, including

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