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