Iran Claims Downing Of Israeli Drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Guards issued a statement Sunday saying its forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 150 miles south of the capital, Tehran. The statement did not say when it shot down the drone.

Guards spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif later told Iranian state media that officials believed it to be a “new generation” drone used by Israel.

“Major parts of the devices of the drone are intact and have been received by our friends that can be used for further information,” Sharif said.