Iran says 2 downed spy planes were US-operated

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 15, 2011 14:45

 
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TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran on Saturday said it has determined that two pilotless spy planes it claims to have downed were operated by the United States. An Iranian official said authorities will publicly display them.

The Revolutionary Guard's air force said earlier this month that it shot down two highly advanced spy planes that had violated Iranian airspace, however it provided no proof.

The US 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's semiofficial Fars news agency on Saturday quoted the head of the Guard's naval force, Gen. Ali Fadavi, as saying Iran will display the two small reconnaissance planes "at an appropriate time."

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