17 January 2011

Iran Claims American UAVs Downed Outside Air Space

The Iranian government has changed its story regarding the American UAVs that it claims to have recently shot down. Apparently the drones were attacked outside of Iranian air space. If this is the case it would seem to be a deliberate act of aggression.
Iran said Sunday that the two U.S. pilotless spy planes that it claimed to have shot down were hit outside of Iran's air space, a local news agency reported.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid, acting chief of the country's armed forces as saying "the planes were shot down outside of Iran's airspace."

Gen. Rashid did not say why Iran targeted the planes even though they weren't in the country's air space. He did say Iran has the remains of the planes in its possession.

On Saturday, Iran said it had determined the two aircraft were operated by the U.S. after earlier this month announcing their downing.

The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in the Gulf, said at the time that it had no reports of any aircraft downed recently.

Iran originally said the planes were violating its air space. It's not clear when they were downed but Iranian officials have hinted that they deliberately didn't make an announcement at the time to avoid tensions with the U.S.
By: Shelldrake

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