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Iran general says alleged Israeli drone came from northern country once part of Soviet Union

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    This undated photo released Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, claims to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone which Iran claims it shot down near an Iranian nuclear site. Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the drone, scattered in an unidentified desert area. (AP Photo/Sepahnews) (The Associated Press)

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    In this undated image taken from the Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel Al-Alam, shows what the broadcast purports is an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired Monday shows what the channel says are parts of the drone, scattered in an unidentified desert area. A scroll accompanying the footage says the drone was downed on Saturday and identifies it as a Hermes 450, a known Israeli model. (AP Photo/Al-Alam TV) TV OUT (The Associated Press)

An Iranian general is saying that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility flew in from a northern country that one was part of the Soviet Union.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, the armed forces' deputy chief of staff, making the allegation Wednesday. It reported that Jazayeri said the country must make "compensatory actions" or else be publicly named.

There are three former Soviet republics north of Iran: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

On Saturday, Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said it shot down an Israeli drone near the country's uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of the capital, Tehran. State television aired footage of the purported drone Monday.

Israeli officials have not comment on the incident.