TEL AVIV – Saudi Arabia assisted Israel in flying the drone that Tehran claims it shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, according to Jordanian security officials.
The security officials did not detail the kind of assistance provided by the Saudis, but it is likely to have included the use of a Saudi airbase.
The officials confirmed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s claim Monday of downing the Israeli drone near the Natanz uranium enrichment facility. The Arabic-language Al-Alam TV aired what the channel described as drone parts scattered in a desert.
ABC News noted the rubble contained no visible Israeli markings while the Israel Defense Forces has so far declined to comment.
The Revolutionary Guard released a statement describing the drone’s range as about 500 miles. The aircraft, the statement said, was equipped with high-resolution cameras for panoramic images.
In November 2013, WND was first to report Israeli personnel that month were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials.
The officials said at the time the U.S. passed strong messages to Israel and the Saudis that the Americans maintain radar capabilities around the skies of Iran and that no strike should be launched without the permission of the Obama administration.