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Thursday, July 21, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Iran claims it shot down U.S. drone scoping out underground nuke site

NICOSIA — Iran has reported the downing of a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle on patrol over an underground nuclear site.


Officials said Iran's military shot down a U.S. unmanned aircraft over the Fordu nuclear facility near Qom. They did not identify the UAV or say when it was downed by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Teheran said Fordu, located underneath a mountain, would become a major center for the production of enriched uranium.

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"An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by IRGC's air defense units," Iranian parliamentarian Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari said.

In a statement on July 20 over Iranian state television, Dafsari provided few details of the IRGC operation, Middle East Newsline reported. He said the American UAV had targeted Fordu, designed for uranium enrichment.

"The plane was trying to collect information about the site's location," Dafsari said.

Over the last three years, Iran has reported the downing of several U.S. UAVs.

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