US denies Iran shot down drones in Gulf

Iran said it had shot down two unmanned Western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf.

US denies Iran shot down drones in Gulf

The Pentagon denied on Monday that Iran had shot down any of its drone surveillance aircraft in the Gulf but acknowledged some spy planes had crashed in the past "due to mechanical failure."

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Sunday as saying Iran had shot down two unmanned Western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf.

Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the elite forces' aerospace unit, did not say when the alleged incidents took place.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said there were "no recent reports that would corroborate what the Revolutionary Guard said about unmanned aerial vehicles."

Another U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the last incident he was aware of involved a drone aircraft crashing in the Gulf in early 2009. Like others before it, the crash was due to mechanical failure and the aircraft landed in international waters, the official said.

"We have had cases in which UAVs have gone down in the Gulf ... but I don't have any indication (of a case) where a UAV has been taken down by hostile fire in the Gulf," the official said.

After a U.S. military review of past crashes, the official said there were no reports of any UAVs being shot down over the Gulf at any time in the past.


Reuters

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