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Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site.

The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the drone, scattered in an unidentified desert area.

A scroll accompanying the footage says the drone was downed on Saturday and identifies it as a Hermes 450, a known Israeli model. The Iranian TV also says the model is dubbed "Spy Goddess."

However, there were no visible Israeli markings in the footage and Israel's military has declined comment on the matter. Calls by The Associated Press to Iranian officials for details on the drone were not immediately returned. The aircraft was not shown to foreign media.

The incident comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its controversial nuclear program and Iranian hard-liners press moderate President Hassan Rouhani to demand more concessions before limiting the country's atomic capabilities. Israel has not ruled out taking military action against Iran's nuclear facilities if its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses.

The West suspects Iran's nuclear program is geared toward building a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the charge, saying its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only, such as power generation and medical research.

The Guard statement on Sunday said its forces fired a missile as the drone neared Iran's uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of the capital, Tehran, without providing more details.

On Monday, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard's airspace division, insisted that the drone was Israeli, though he said its last flight did not originate in Israel.

Hajizadeh said the drone's range was about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and that it had two front and side cameras capable of providing high-resolution panoramic imaging. Israel is about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away from Iran's westernmost boundary and Natanz is about 600 kilometers (370 miles) inland from the closest border point in Iran.

"The operational range of the drone indicates it did not start its flight in Israel but departed from a country in the region," he said, adding cryptically, "We have some clues."

Iran's nuclear program has been the target of espionage and sabotage efforts in the past. In 2010, the so-called Stuxnet virus temporarily disrupted operation of thousands of centrifuges, key components in nuclear fuel production, at Natanz.

Iran says it and other computer virus attacks are part of a concerted effort by Israel, the U.S. and their allies to undermine its nuclear program through covert operations. Israel has never commented on the allegations but is widely believed to have been involved in the Stuxnet attack.

Since then, Iran has also said that it discovered tiny timed explosives planted on centrifuges but disabled them before they could go off.

On Monday, Asghar Zarean deputy head of Iran's atomic department, told the semi-official ISNA news agency that some of the malware discovered over the past month had targeted a nuclear facility that went online over the weekend.

He was likely referring to the plant in the central city of Isfahan inaugurated on Saturday. Under an interim nuclear deal with the world powers, the facility will convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons.

"It's obvious to us that countries like Germany, France and Britain under leadership of the United States are involved in efforts to disturb our activities," said Zarean.

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Gene August 25 2014 at 6:43 AM

After the Israelis obliterate Hamas, they need to do the same to Iran. No one else in the world has the balls to do so.

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noteugene August 25 2014 at 6:18 AM

At least some country is doing something about Iran........or trying to.

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d.hertz3 August 25 2014 at 9:45 AM

The uneducated bigots like Skip and MjJupiter (which not coincidentally rhymes with stupider) see the word ISRAEL in a headline and immediately start their anti Israel BS, even though what Israel was doing is something that benefits every nation on Earth. And that something is making sure those crazy Muslim militants in Iran don't ever achieve the ability to make a nuclear weapon. If that were to happen it would not just be bad for Israel, as the uneducated simpletons believe. It would be bad for the whole world. Are you so blinded by hate that you think it would be good for Iran to have nuclear capabilities? Are you Hamas supporters so stupid that you don't understand if Israel got nuked, Gaza and Hamas and all the Palestinians get nuked right along with them? And whatever the initial explosion didn't destroy, the radiation will.
Bigots are so stupid.

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skipm123 August 25 2014 at 6:31 AM

At least some country is doing something about Israel!

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flip33732 August 25 2014 at 6:15 AM

Probably one of ours or Israel. Doesn't matter I'll bet we and Israel aren't the only ones flying drones over there.

Saudi Arabia is not overly excited about Iran's nuke program given their assistance to ISIL. Maybe they flew one over.

At least no one died.

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WILD BILL flip33732 August 25 2014 at 7:20 AM

Who cares as long as they`re killing muslims.

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dennis warner flip33732 August 25 2014 at 9:10 AM

Too bad for that.

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MIKEY'S SCREEN August 25 2014 at 6:32 AM

It was actually Al Gore measuring the heat index off the Iranian sand for his next documentary on Climate Change.

I'll attest to this. I was there!

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rkozlowskiny MIKEY'S SCREEN August 25 2014 at 7:40 AM

man/pig bear is at it again

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GEORGE SENIOR MIKEY'S SCREEN August 25 2014 at 8:24 AM

It was Bush that did this. I know I was told by the Dixie Chicks last evening.

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onionson August 25 2014 at 6:29 AM

Shucks, I guess they will have to send another one. Is there a drone fund I can contribute to?

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dal August 25 2014 at 5:51 AM

thats why you use drones and not manned flights to do aero recon on your enemies. But it too could be a failed experimental aircraft of Iranian design that crashed and they are using it for spin.

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doonooch dal August 25 2014 at 6:20 AM


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stengernc August 25 2014 at 5:52 AM

The human drones of war fed by religious stupidity, excessive paranoia, greed, hate, over population, cultural discrimination and a defect in humanity. The history of humanity is one of violence and nukes do not bring peace just a slow down in risk taking but in the end behavioral modification will fail and radioactivity will set in. Evolution will record the results....sad, really sad...there are no winners.

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joan August 25 2014 at 6:12 AM

If Iran has nothing to hide nor has no plans to have anything to hide, what's the big deal. They should have let it slide because now they look guilty of something now or later.

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