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Iran warns to destroy U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over airspace

TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Iran’s air defense base has sent two stern warnings to U.S. spy aircraft in the last six months, which approached Iranian airspace, Iran’s Arabic language TV station al-Alam reported on Sunday.

The TV’s website quoted the country’s chief of air defense, Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, as saying Iran warned a U2 reconnaissance aircraft on March 21. He did not mention the location.

He also said the country’s air defense warned a U.S. drone on Aug. 26.

Gen. Esmaili said “we do not allow such rabid aircraft to enter our territory and if necessary, we will not hesitate to destroy them.”

Iran has repeatedly announced such activities over the past years to demonstrate the capabilities of the country’s armed forces.

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