IRGC today denied that it shot down an unmanned US drone over Fordo uranium enrichment facility, saying its air defense units had hit a test target.
“What caused the spread of the news was related to the hitting of a test air target by the IRGC air defense unit in the general region of Qom province,” IRGC said in a statement [IRNA, 22 July].
On Wednesday, the state-run Press TV, quoting a member of National Security and Foreign Policy of Majlis, reported that IRGC air defense force had shot down the US drone over Fordo, near the city of Qom, while it was gathering information on the underground nuclear site.
It is highly unusual for a senior member of the National Security committee of Majlis to make such unfounded claim, representing a “test air target,” in general vicinity of Qom, as a US drone engaged in gathering information over Fordo. And it is as unusual for the state-run Press TV to publish the report. And as unusual to take 48 hours for IRGC to deny the report.