An Iranian Shahed drone on display in Tehran. FILE PHOTO

An Iranian Shahed drone on display in Tehran

US Reportedly Downed Iranian Drones Heading For Israel Last Month

3/21/2022

The Jerusalem Post cited Monday the defense establishment reporting that US jets on February 14 shot down near Iraq’s Erbil two Iranian drones flying towards Israel.

The actions occurred around the time of an Israeli drone attack on an Iranian airbase in Kermanshah province that damaged Iran’s drone fleet.

The Israeli attack was followed by an Iranian ballistic missile strike on Erbil March 13, targeting what Tehran said was an Israeli intelligence base that allegedly organized the drone strike, although an Israeli air strike in Syria that killed two Iranian soldiers may also have prompted Iran’s response.

In February the Israeli air-force said its F-35 jets had downed two Iranian Shahed-197 drones ferrying weapons for Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli military claimed the drones, one approaching from the south and the other from the east, were brought down without entering Israeli airspace “in coordination with [un-named] neighboring countries.”

Increasing tension between Israel and Iran comes as Tehran’s talks with world powers over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal have been struggling to conclude. Israel opposed the 2015 agreement, the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which limited Iran’s nuclear activities and removed international sanctions. For over a decade Israel has carried out attacks on the Iranian atomic program including killing scientist and drone strikes.

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