Several unidentified drones attacked a military workshop in the city of Isfahan over the weekend
The Pentagon has denied that any US forces took part in a drone attack late on Saturday that lightly damaged an Iranian defense ministry complex in the city of Isfahan, in the central part of the country. The statement follows reports that the US and Israel could be involved.
According to the Iranian Defense Ministry, a number of drones targeted a military workshop, but air defenses successfully repelled the attack. It also claimed there were no casualties, and that the facility was continuing normal operations.
While Tehran stopped short of assigning blame, its foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian insisted that “a cowardly drone attack…will not impede Iran’s progress on its peaceful nuclear program.”
On Monday, Iranian news agency FARS released footage showing what looked like the debris of several small drones, which apparently carried out the attacks. The video also featured a slightly damaged building at the facility.
The FARS agency showed footage of drones that attacked an Iranian Defense Ministry facility yesterday, as well as a damaged building. #iran #israel pic.twitter.com/Pux1MJJh5a
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Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder claimed that no US military forces took part. He declined to say more about the incident.
Al-Arabiya TV channel reported, citing sources, that the US Air Force and “one more country” were involved in the attack, claiming that the drones targeted a ballistic missile depot.
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