Report: 'Foreign' Reconnaissance Drone Crashes in Iran

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An archive image released August 25, 2014 by Iran's Al Alam news channel shows what it claimed is a downed Israeli Hermes spy drone.Credit: Screengrab

Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says a 'foreign' reconnaissance drone has crashed in the country's southwest. It was not clear if the drone crashed for technical reasons or it has been shot down by Iran.

Saturday's report says the drone crashed on the outskirts of the town of Shush near the border with Iraq the day before, but did not provide further details. It did not say which country the unmanned aircraft belonged to.

Iran has claimed to have captured several U.S. drones in recent years, including an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel CIA spy drone in December 2011 and at least three Boeing-designed ScanEagle aircraft.

Just this August Iran said it shot down an unknown surveillance drone on its western border. In August 2014, Iran claimed to have shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Iran said last year it successfully tested its copy of the RQ-170 drone based on one it captured. Tehran says it is also copying the ScanEagle.

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