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US warplanes violate Iran`s air space: press report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 24, IRNA -- Five US warplanes entered Iran`s air space 
last Thursday night from the southwestern Shalamcheh border and flew 
over the city of Khorramshahr for a while, press reports said Tuesday.
According the Persian daily Seday-e Edalat, `the jet fighters 
which flew at high speed and altitude, then headed to the Arvand 
River`. 
"They flew at a height of 10 kilometers and maneuvered over 
Khorramshahr for a while," the paper said. 
"While the objective behind the fighters` violation of the Iranian
air space is not known yet, some military specialists believe such 
moves are aimed at assessing the sensitivity of the Islamic Republic`s
anti-aircraft defense system," it added. 
It said military and air force officials had refrained from 
commenting on the incident when contacted. 
Iran has been wary of the occupation forces` presence on its 
doorsteps in Iraq and carefully watched their movements. 
Tehran, while opposing Iraq`s invasion, took a position of `active
neutrality` at the time of the attack. 
In June, Iranian naval guards seized three British boats with 
eight crew in the country`s territorial waters in Arvand river, which 
borders Iraq. 
The servicemen, two Royal Navy sailors and six Royal Marine 
commandos, were later released. 
Their equipment reportedly consisted of personal weapons, radios 
and navigation equipment, including echo sounders to measure the depth
of the water, global positioning systems to identify the exact 
position and up-to-date maritime charts. 
The Times newspaper has said that Iran had agreed only "in 
principle" to return the boats, but that there had been little 
progress about the manner in which they would be given back. 
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