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Mithro 11-08-2012 09:12 PM

Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.

The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said. The Predator was not hit.

"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in responding to questions from reporters after CNN reported the incident.

Little said the United States believed this was the first time an unmanned aircraft was shot at by the Iranians in international waters over the Gulf. In December of 2011, a U.S. surveillance drone crashed in eastern Iran. Iranians claimed to have shot it down, and created a toy model of the drone to celebrate its capture.

Little stopped short of calling the incident an act of war although the Pentagon was concerned.

Two U.S. officials explained the jets were part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps force, which has been more confrontational than regular Iranian military forces.

At least two bursts of gunfire came from the Su-25s' cannons. The drone started to move away but the Iranian aircraft chased it, doing aerial loops around it before breaking away and returning to Iran.

The Obama administration did not disclose the incident before the presidential election, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN on Thursday. They declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter.

The drone's still and video cameras captured the incident showing two Su-25s approaching the Predator and firing onboard guns.

The Iranian pilots continued to fire shots that went beneath the Predator but were never successful in hitting it, according to the officials.

U.S. military intelligence analysts are still not sure if the Iranian pilots simply were unable to hit the drone due to lack of combat skill, or whether they deliberately were missing and had no intention of bringing it down.

But as one of the officials said, "it doesn't matter, they fired on us."

Little said the United States has to assume Iran was trying to bring down the Predator.

The United States protested the incident but had not heard back from Iran.

Iran has, at other times, been confrontational in the region. In January, the U.S. military and coast guard had close encounters with Iranian Navy vessels which approached at high speeds and exhibited provocative behavior.

Shazayum 11-08-2012 09:18 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone
Of course they would.

Striker 11-08-2012 09:27 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone
Nuke them.

Borias 11-08-2012 10:41 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone
So they missed an unmanned drone with 2 fighter jets. I feel like I should apologize in advance to Canada when they get nuked instead of us.

cesaro_ROCKS 11-08-2012 10:41 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone

Originally Posted by Striker (Post 12243719)
Nuke them.


who is this going to surprise? 2 countries that hate each other shoot down each other's drones. I certainly do this the US drone went inside their borders, but it doesn't matter. If the US is 16 miles away from any place in a Drone, it's doing surveillance. We caught, so the what?

Kiz 11-08-2012 10:43 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone
doing something pointless and failing at it.

sums up iran pretty nicely.

Gandhi 11-08-2012 10:45 PM

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Iran is only being defensive,I don't blame them.America should fuck off the middle east already.

Stax Classic 11-08-2012 10:48 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone
Glass their oversized catbox of a country over with some nukes.

eddiefan 11-08-2012 10:49 PM

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Don't know why we are so surprised at Iran shooting it down. Did we expect them to let a spy drone get some intel and then just leave?

reDREDD 11-08-2012 10:50 PM

Re: Iranian Jets Fire On US Drone

Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace.
i believe you

just like the last one they found that was shot down was actually flying over america, got shot down by iran, and secretly shipped to iran and found

imagine the shitstorm if an irani drone was found flying over america

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