Iran says foreign planes violated its airspace

November 17, 2010 11:42

TEHERAN, Iran — Iran on Wednesday said that unidentified foreign planes violated its air space six times as the country kicked off an air defense drill, but that they were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets.

The remarks by Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the exercise, are the first Iranian claim of an intrusion. His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency.Initially, he had only said that foreign planes had approached Iran's air space.

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