Tuesday, October 7, 2008
TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian fighter jets have forced an aircraft carrying US troops to land in Iran after it entered its air space without permission, the Fars news agency said on Tuesday.
“After a day’s interrogation, it emerged that the aircraft did not enter Iran intentionally and it was allowed to leave for Afghanistan.”
State television said that the aircraft carrying the soldiers was a non-American civilian plane.
“This plane was not a military plane and did not belong to the United States,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying by the website of the television’s Arabic-language Al-Alam channel.
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“But a few US military soldiers were in the plane,” the official added.
The plane was forced to land in Iran on Sunday and allowed to fly to Afghanistan on Monday, the website added.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 11:39 am