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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian navy commander claims Iran captured two small U.S. drones in past missions in addition to at least four others reported earlier.

Adm. Amir Rastgari says the two drones were of the small, low-altitude RQ-11 type, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. He said one was captured in summer of 2011 and the other Nov. 2012.

Rastgari claimed most of the data from the unmanned aircraft was recovered.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said last month that it captured a ScanEagle American drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf. At the same time, Iran claimed it had taken possession of two other simple, small ScanEagles.

In 2011, Iran claimed it brought down a more sophisticated CIA spy drone after it entered Iranian airspace from Afghanistan.

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