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Iran says downed US spy drone was flying 'deep inside its airspace'

Washington, Thu, 08 Dec 2011 ANI

Washington, Dec 8 (ANI): Iran has claimed that the unmanned US spy plane was flying deep inside the country's airspace when it was brought down by the armed forces.


According to the Washington Post, Iranian state radio said the stealth-version of the RQ-170 drone was detected by Iranian forces over the eastern town of Kashmar, some 140 miles from the border with Afghanistan.


"The US smart plane was captured by Iranian anti-aircraft units somewhere in the sky over Kashmar in the east of the country," the radio said.


It did not speculate as to why the drone flew over the town, which lies in an agricultural area known for the production of saffron and Persian carpets.


The radio added that Iran would "soon" broadcast video footage of the downed drone, the paper said.


Iran reported the downing on Sunday, but did not say when the incident happened.


Iranian media reports said that the armed forces had shot it down, a claim later rejected by US officials who said the drone crashed over the weekend, but that there was no indication it had been shot down. (ANI)


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