Iran ‘foils’ drone attack on defence facilities

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Iranian authorities carried out a drone attack against a military target in the central city of Isfahan overnight, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.

Although the Iranian authorities have not officially confirmed the attack, ISNA, another semi-official news agency, said that a “micro-bird attack” had thwarted the country’s air defenses.

“The Amir al-Momenin complex in Isfahan was the target of a failed attack by a small drone that was blocked by defense systems,” Tasnim reported, adding that the attempt caused no damage.

The latest attempted attack comes just over two months after another drone attack in Isfahan.

Footage released by Iranian media on January 29 showed a flash of lights at what was reportedly a weapons factory.

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But this latest attack comes amid ongoing tensions with Israel following a series of fires at industrial, military and nuclear sites across Iran.

According to US reports, Israel carried out the latest drone attack to hit a defense facility.

First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the strike in January was Israel’s first since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in December.

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The attack came amid talks between Jerusalem and Washington on new ways to confront Tehran, including deepening military cooperation with Russia.

Netanyahu had approved a series of daring operations inside Iran when he was prime minister last time, from 2009 to 2021.

The report also said the drones targeted a munitions factory near a facility belonging to Iran’s Space Research Center, which is under US sanctions for its alleged work on ballistic missiles.

Israel’s arch-enemy has long said it is willing to pursue Iran’s goals if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear or missile programs, but has a policy of withholding comment on specific incidents.

In 2021 Tehran vowed to seek revenge against Israel after it accused Tel Aviv of sabotaging the Natanz nuclear power plant.

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