Shalom Life | October 07, 2014

Iranian Official Claims Israel Sent Drones On Iran from Former Soviet Union

The country's 'semi-official' Fars news agency alleges that it came from either Armenia, Azerbaijan or Turkmenistan

By: Daniel Koren

Published: August 27th, 2014 in News » World

Iranian Official Claims Israel Sent Drones On Iran from Former Soviet Union

Iran's 'semi-official' news agency, Fars - the same news agency that once claimed that the U.S. is run by Nazi space aliens - has published an article that focuses on an Iranian general who says that Iran was forced to shoot down an Israeli drone Sunday, near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic.

The strangest part is that the Iranian official cited that it hailed from the north, from a former Soviet Union nation (either Armenia, Azerbaijan or Turkmenistan).

Iran and Azerbaijan, for one, have had a particularly tense relationship as the former continuously condemns the country's close relationship with Israel, and its support of the 'Zionist entity.'

The Associated Press notes that Azerbaijan also operates drones similar to the one Jazayeri claims Iran shot down.

General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy chief of staff in Iran's armed forces, threatened that the country responsible must make "compensatory actions" or they will be singled out in public.

The claim was first made by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, who said that the alleged Israeli drone was shot down near its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, 240 km south of Tehran.

"This mischievous act once again reveals the adventurist nature of the Zionist regime [of Israel] and added another black page to this fake and warmongering regime's file which is full of crimes," said the Revolutionary Guard's statement.

Iranian TV footage of the drone identified it as Hermes 450 drone, which is currently manufactured in Israel.

Fars news agency quoted Jazayeri as stating that Iran will respond with more than just shooting down the drone, while Israeli officials have yet to comment.

Now, I'm not an expert or anything, but given the fact that Israel and Hamas are currently engaged in a shaky ceasefire, with the hopes of a long-term truce, it seems quite dubious that Israel would begin hailing rockets and drones onto Iran at this very moment, despite PM Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that Iran's uranium enrichment programme is a threat to his country.

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