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Iran shoots down US drone over Iranian territory

Iran’s military on Sunday claimed it shot down a U.S. drone into eastern Iran.

State media cited a military official who identified the aircraft as an RQ-170 Sentinel.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft was flying a mission over western Afghanistan — which borders Iran — last week when operators lost control. A U.S. official with knowledge of the incident said the crew operating the unmanned drone reported a loss of flight control just before the drone went down.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is a stealth drone developed for the Air Force to help provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Iranian media reported that the RQ-170 was slightly damaged and in the hands of Iranian forces. “Armed forces with a dominant control over the country’s borders managed to identify and down the invading plane,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The unnamed Iranian military official called it a “clear example of aggression” and added that Iran is “fully ready to counter any aggression,” the report said.


One Response to “Iran shoots down US drone over Iranian territory”

  1. What later came out in the Washington Post:

    1. Hours after Iranian news outlets reported that the country had recovered a sophisticated American surveillance plane, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) seemed to step up to take the blame.

    2. But the wording of the ISAF statement was curiously ambiguous, particularly on the question of who was really flying the drone. A senior defense official voiced skepticism about the idea that a precious stealth drone would be doing surveillance work in western Afghanistan.

    3. By Monday, the story had changed. The CIA and the Pentagon continued to deny comment, but other U.S. officials confirmed that the drone belonged to the CIA.

    4. Asked why ISAF issued the statement, the CIA declined to comment.

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