Iran 'shoots down Western spy drones' in Gulf

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12105225

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards have shot down two "Western spy drones" in the Gulf, a senior Iranian commander has been quoted as saying.

    "Many" other drones have been shot down over an unspecified period of time, the Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

    The head of the Revolutionary Guards' air force wing, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, produced no evidence to support the report.

    He said this was the first time news of the incidents had been reported.

    The drones were mainly being used in Iraq and Afghanistan but "some violations against our soil" had also occurred, the commander said.

    The Revolutionary Guards were set up following the Islamic revolution in 1979, and its commanders have frequently delivered warnings to Israel.

    Last August Iran unveiled what it said was its first domestically built drone, the Karrar.

    It said it had a range of 1,000km (620 miles) and could carry two 250-pound (115kg) bombs, or a precision bomb of 500 pounds.

    There is no independent corroboration of the latest Iranian claims.

    The Fifth Fleet of the US navy is based in Bahrain, on the other side of the Gulf from Iran, which has threatened to block shipping through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, if it is attacked.
     
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    http://www.france24.com/en/20110102-iran-guards-shoot-down-two-western-spy-drones

    Iran Guards shoot down two 'Western spy' drones


    AFP - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have shot down two "Western spy" drones in the Gulf, the Fars news agency quoted a top commander of the elite military force as saying on Sunday.

    "Westerners have a series of capabilities which cannot be ignored, especially satellites, or for example they have spy planes which can take pictures in some places," Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the air force wing of the Guards said.

    He said that the drones were mainly being used in Iraq and Afghanistan but "some violations against our soil" have also occurred.

    "And we have so far downed many of their advanced spy planes. In the Persian Gulf we have downed two of their planes and this is the first time that we are saying it," Hajizadeh said without specifying when exactly the drones were shot down.

    He also boasted that all "enemy" bases in the region were within range of Iranian missiles, referring to arch-foe the United States. He said that even the aircraft carriers deployed in the region were no longer a threat to Iran.

    "There was a time when an aircraft carrier was something to rely on and when they told a country that this warship was moving towards your shore, the government of that country would be toppled," Hajizadeh said.

    "But now this has become a threat for them. We have full control of our enemies. We notice whatever changes taking place on our shores. When they go on alert in the warships or when they put on life jackets to launch boats in the sea, we are aware of that."

    Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps was set up as a force to defend the 1979 Islamic revolution from internal and external threats.

    Its commanders have repeatedly boasted of its capabilities and delivered warnings to regional foe Israel, which has not ruled out a military strike to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
     
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    If Iran shot down US drones, there would be pictures and video of the wreckage all over PRESS TV and IRNA. The length of lies they have to go to to grab attention is just pathetic.
     

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