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Pentagon Says Iran Fired On U.S. Drone In Gulf

November 08, 2012

The Pentagon says that an Iranian warplane fired on, but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone a week ago.

Speaking at a news conference in Washington on November 8, Pentagon press secretary George Little said the drone aircraft was fired upon on November 1 while in international airspace over the Persian Gulf.

Little said the U.S. drone was performing "routine surveillance" and was some 26 kilometers off the Iranian coast when an Iranian warplane intercepted it and opened fire.

International airspace begins after 12 miles from a country's shore. Reports say two Russian-made SU-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft were involved.

Little said it was the first time an American drone was fired on in international airspace over the Gulf.

Little added that the United States "communicated to the Iranians" that it would continue to carry out such surveillance flights in international airspace.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/pentagon-says-iran-fired-on-us-drone/24765514.html

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