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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Iran denies shooting down US spy plane

MQ-1C Sky Warrior® UASIran's Revolutionary Guard denied Friday that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over a uranium enrichment site, saying that its air defenses had only hit a test target.

The statement carried on the official IRNA news agency was in response to a claim earlier this week by Iranian lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari, who said the U.S. drone was shot down as it was flying over the Fordo facility near the holy city of Qom in central Iran. He claimed that the drone was trying to gather information on the underground site.

"What caused the spread of the news was related to the hitting of a test air target by the Guard's air defense unit in the general region of Qom province," IRNA quoted the statement as saying.

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