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October 16, 2012 3:33 pm

Iranian Official: Dozens of Drones Have Spied on Israel

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An IAF fighter jet takes down the unmanned vehicle that penetrated deep into Israel airspace.

AP – TEHRAN, Iran — A senior Iranian military official claimed Tuesday that Iranian-made surveillance drones have made dozens of apparently undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years to probe air defenses and collect reconnaissance data. An Israeli official rejected the account.

The Iranian official declined to give further details on the purported missions or the capabilities of the drones, including whether they were similar to the unmanned aircraft launched last week by Lebanon’s Hezbollah and downed by Israeli warplanes. It also was impossible to independently verify the claims from the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

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