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Iran issues warning after targeting US drone

Defenders will respond decisively to any form of encroachment, says General

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Tehran Iran said it would deal decisively with any foreign encroachment into its airspace, an apparent warning to the United States after one of its surveillance drones was targeted by Iranian warplanes last week.

US officials said the unarmed Predator drone was in international airspace when Iranian warplanes opened fire on it on November 1. The aircraft was not hit. Iran’s defence minister Ahmad Vahidi confirmed on Friday that two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Predator drone in the Gulf.

The intercept was the first time Tehran had fired at an unmanned US aircraft in their 33 year stand-off.

“The defenders of the Islamic Republic will respond decisively to any form of encroachment by air, sea or on the ground,” Fars news agency quoted General Massoud Jazayeri, a senior armed forces commander, as saying on Friday.

“If any foreign aircraft attempts to enter our airspace our armed forces will deal with them,” he said. Jazayeri did not mention the drone incident specifically.

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