Nov 17, 2010

TEHRAN — Iran’s armed forces have intercepted six “unknown planes” that intruded into the country’s airspace during aerial defence manoeuvres, the spokesman for the exercise was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

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“Yesterday (Tuesday) our forces reported intrusion of six unknown planes into our space, prompting us to fly our jet fighters and carry out interception operations,” General Hamid Arjangi told Fars news agency.

“Also our artillery systems were alerted, targets were identified and pursued and necessary warnings were given,” he added, without giving details.

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Tehran, which is at odds with the West over its nuclear programme, launched the aerial war games on Tuesday.

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