In a direct response to the comments made by the US Secretary of Defense last Wednesday, Rear Adm. Ali Shamkhani, Iran's former defense minister and the director of the Iranian military’s strategic studies center, said today that Iran will hunt down more US spy drones if they continue to violate the country’s air space.
“If U.S. spy planes continue their aggression, we won't be idle,” Adm. Shamkhani said. “We will continue to hunt down their spy planes.” [IRNA, 16 December].
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had said on Wednesday during a visit to Afghanistan — from where the drone flew out — that the US will continue to conduct intelligence operations such as the one that led to the loss of its RQ-170 Sentinel over Iran.
Iran has already demanded that Afghanistan stop allowing the US to use bases in the country to launch drone flights over Iran.