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Iran's Revolutionary Guard denies drone capture

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is denying it captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Iran.

A spokesman for the Guard, Yasin Hasanali, told The Associated Press he drone was actually being used during the drill as a supposed enemy aircraft.

Iranian media Saturday quoted a spokesman for the Guard as saying that its electronic warfare unit had taken control of a foreign drone's navigation system and forced it to land during the site of the military exercise.

Iran has claimed to have captured several U.S. drones, including an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel CIA spy drone in December 2011 and at least three ScanEagle aircraft.

The Guard's military exercise, code-named Great Prophet-8, ends today.

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