` Iran Confirms its has Copied and Built American Drone Captured in 2011 ‘

#AceNewsServices – TEHRAN – May 12 – Iran says it has “succeeded” in copying an American drone it captured in 2011 and will soon take the replicated aircraft on a test flight.



State television in Iran broadcast images Sunday apparently showing a replicated US RQ-170 Sentinel drone alongside the original one, according to the AFP.

“Our engineers succeeded in breaking the drone’s secrets and copying them,” an officer in the footage reportedly said. “It will soon take a test flight.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was inspecting the aircraft during an exhibition organized by the country’s Revolutionary Guards air wing, said the unmanned drone is “very important for reconnaissance missions,” the AFP reports.

Tehran (AFP) – Iran said on Sunday it has succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.

Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in 2011 while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy on the country’s nuclear sites, media in the United States reported.

“Our engineers succeeded in breaking the drone’s secrets and copying them. It will soon take a test flight,” an officer said in the footage.

The broadcast showed supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s visit to an exhibition organised by the powerful Revolutionary Guards air wing about Iran’s military advances, particularly regarding ballistic missiles and drones.



Footage showed two nearly identical drones.

“This drone is very important for reconnaissance missions,” Khamenei said, standing in front of the Iranian copy of the American unmanned aircraft.

Iran said it had taken control of the ultra hi-tech drone and forced it down in the desert where it was recovered nearly intact.

Iran has long claimed it managed to reverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, seized in December 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace from its eastern border with Afghanistan, and that it’s capable of launching its own production line for the unmanned aircraft.

After initially saying only that a drone had been lost near the Afghan-Iran border, American officials eventually confirmed the Sentinel had monitored Iran’s military and nuclear facilities. Washington asked for it back but Iran refused, and instead released photos of Iranian officials studying the aircraft.

U.S. officials have said Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard it because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory.

Iranian state television on Sunday also showed images that were apparently recorded by an Iranian drone flying over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf, according to the AFP.

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` Ayatollah Khamenei to Pardon and Commute Jail Terms of Female Prisoners to Mark Mothers Day ‘

#AceNewsServices TEHRAN – April 20 – (FNA) – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday agreed to pardon and commute jail terms of scores of female prisoners.

To mark the occasion of the Women’s Day, marking the birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (AS), the Prophet’s daughter, the wife of Shiite Islam’s first Imam and the mother of Shiites’ second and third Imams.

Hazrat Fatemeh’s birth anniversary has been designated as Women’s (and Mother’s) Day in Iran.

The 20th day of the lunar Islamic month of Jamadi al-Sani marks the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (AS) daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The amnesty was granted upon a request by Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and approval of the Supreme Leader.

Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.

The Article does not apply to all types of convicts, specially those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the Islamic Republic, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.


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` Islamic Republic of Iran Pardons or ` Reduce the Sentences ‘ of 920 Inmates to Mark Islamic Republic Day ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAN – March 31 – The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, agreed Monday to pardon or reduce the sentences of 920 inmates, according to the (IRNA) news agency.

The move by Ali Khamenei was made in response to a proposal by the chief of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, to mark Islamic Republic Day, on April 1, which commemorates the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979.


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#Iran :” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Orders Creation of `Economy of Resistance’ to counter Western Sanctions”

#AceWorldNews says Iran’s Khamenei orders creation of ‘economy of resistance’ Iran’s supreme leader has ordered the government to create an “economy of resistance” to counter Western sanctions. In comments posted on his website on Wednesday,

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the sanctions “a full-fledged economic war,” adding that Iran is determined to force the West to retreat.

The program requires the government to diversify Iran’s exports, reduce dependence on sales of raw materials and promote high-tech industries.

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” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying “I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but l am not against them’ – Remarks Published on his Website”

#AceWorldNews says Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world’s major powers, but warned the talks will lead nowhere.

“Some of the officials of the previous government as well as the officials of this government think the problem will be resolved if they negotiate the nuclear issue,

” AFP quoted him as saying. “I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about the negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but I am not against them,” he said in remarks published on his website.

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