Iraq Says it Shot Down Iran Plane
Mar. 15, 2000
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraqi anti-aircraft defenses shot down an unmanned Iranian plane Wednesday, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.
INA said the drone was downed early Wednesday close to the borders with Iran, but it did not specify the location.
``Our heroic air defenses and army units ... shot down the drone after violating our national skies,'' the agency said.
Iran had no immediate reaction to the claim.
It came one day after an Iraqi-based opposition group claimed that Iranian jets tried to bomb its military camp in Iraq but were driven off by air defense units.
Iraq has declined comment on Tuesday's reported attack on the military camp run by the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq.
Iran and Iraq fought an eight-year war that ended in 1988 with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire. Relations, however, remain tense.