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Thu, Feb 24, 2005

Pentagon: No US Aircraft Overflying Iran

Spokeswoman: "Consider The Source"

Despite Iranian claims to the contrary, US military aircraft are not flying missions in Iran's airspace, Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said Wednesday.

"I would consider the source and leave it at that," Di Rita told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. "I'm telling you that we're not doing those kinds of activities."

Di Rita emphasized he speaks only for the Defense Department, but cautioned reporters not to interpret that to mean other agencies may be flying over Iran. "It's not for me to speak for other departments," he said. "It is our belief that it's not happening elsewhere (in the government) either."

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