Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Iran Claims To Have Captured A U.S. Drone. The U.S. Denies That It Has Lost Any Drones

Iran: We Captured Another U.S. Drone -- Danger Room

Iran has captured another U.S. drone, the country’s state-run Fars news agency reported overnight.

Ali Fadavi, commander of the naval branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, told Press TV (another state-run outlet) that the Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was conducting a reconnaissance flight over the Persian Gulf when it entered Iranian air space and was captured.

Fadavi’s claim, and the Iranian footage, could be bunk. Even if the captured robot is real, it’s not clear whether it crashed or was somehow forced down. Cmdr. Jason Salata, a Navy spokesman, told the AP that all U.S. drones were “fully accounted for.” However, he did say that some Scan Eagles have been lost at sea in the past.

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More News On Iranian Claims (And U.S. Denials) That Another U.S. Drone Has Been Captured

Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone -- Wall Street Journal
Iran Claims It Captured US Drone -- Voice of America
Iran claims capture of US drone -- The Guardian
Iran: US ScanEagle drone 'captured over Gulf' -- BBC
Iranian TV Shows Captured US Drone -- Business Insider
Iran’s Claim of Drone Capture Is Denied by U.S. -- New York Times
U.S. denies Iran's reports of captured drone -- Reuters
No US Drones Missing After Iran Claim -- Time/AP
US Denies Report That Iran Downed Drone -- ABC News
US 5th Fleet has not lost any drones: spokesman -- AFP
Did Iran just down a US drone by 'spoofing'? (+video) -- Christian Science Monitor

My Comment: The U.S. Navy has lost this type of drone in the Persian Gulf in the past. With this info I therefore suspect that this is a U.S. drone in Iranian hands .... it sure looks like an American ScanEagle drone .... and that somehow (and somewhere) The Iranians were able to get their hands on one.

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