Army warns U.S. not to violate Iranian airspace

November 6, 2008

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned U.S. forces in Iraq on Wednesday that it would respond to any violation of Iranian airspace.

The Iranian army statement, reported by radio, followed a cross-border raid last month by U.S. forces into Syria, a move that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.
""Recently it has been seen that American army helicopters were flying a small distance from Iraq's border with Iran and, because of the closeness to the border, the danger of them violating Iran's border is possible,"" the radio reported.
""Iran's armed forces will respond to any violation,"" radio said, citing a statement from Iran's army headquarters.
Iran has warned it would respond to any attack on its territory by targeting U.S. interests and America's ally Israel, as well as closing the Strait of Hormuz, the waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and vital route for world oil supplies.