Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has denied reports that Iranian military forces have shot down a U.S. spy drone near the Fordo nuclear facility, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reports.
IRGC public relations announced yesterday that it had targeted a test plane in the Province of Qom and not a U.S. spy plane, as earlier reported by some media. The statement emphasized the U.S. drones are not capable of penetrating Iran’s air space. It added that military news can only be corroborated through military sources.
On Wednesday, MP Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari, a member of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, was cited by local media as saying the IRGC had downed a U.S. spy drone near the Fordo nuclear plant near the city of Qom.
He claimed the drone was gathering information about current construction work on the Fordo plant when it was shot down by Iranian air defence.
In the past, the IRGC has reported shooting down several U.S. spy planes in the Persian Gulf region.
While the U.S. has not reacted to any news about the plane near Qom, it previously has denied earlier reports of its spy planes being shot down by the Iranian air force.