An Iranian state-run website, Youth Journalists Club, has claimed that Iranian Revolutionary Guards have shot down an intruding United States Air Force’s stealth drone over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site which is reportedly located 295 feet (90 meters) underneath a mountain.
According to the report, which does not mention the timing or date of this incident, lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari told Iranian state television:
“An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site (trying to collect information) was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards’ air-defense units.”
The report comes right after a day of the confirmation by Iranian officials that it indeed was installing a new generation of advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges at the Fordu nuclear site to speed up its nuclear activities.
The secretly built Fordu nuclear facility near Qom was officially acknowledged by Iran only after Western intelligence agencies identified it back in 2009.
This is not the first time that Iran has made such a claim, as it already has claimed the downing of American drones two times earlier in this year and after the current report, the total number of Iranian drone shooting claims comes to three.
The U.S. has strongly rejected the Iranian claim and has clearly stated that it didn’t lose any of its drones in the Middle east.
Although, the reported downed aircraft (if true) has been suggested by experts to be the Beast of Kandahar (RQ-170 Sentinel – pictured above in the top of the post) as it even spied over Pakistan for many years undetected.
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