Iran Claims Capture of U.S. Drone

December 4, 2012

Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran-Iran's state TV said Tuesday that the country's Revolutionary Guard has captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.

The report quoted the Guard's navy chief, Gen. Ali Fadavi, as saying that the Iranian forces caught the "intruding" drone, which had apparently taken off from a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Mr. Fadavi said the unmanned Scan Eagle aircraft was now in Iran's possession.

"The U.S. drone, which was conducting a reconnaissance flight and gathering data over the Persian Gulf in the past few days, was captured by the Guard's navy air defense unit as soon as it entered Iranian airspace," Mr. Fadavi said. "Such drones usually take off from large warships."

 He didn't provide any further details or say when the incident happened. The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it was "looking into" the Iranian claims but had no immediate comment beyond that.

But Al-Alam, the state TV's Arabic-language channel, showed two Guard commanders examining what appeared to be an intact Scan Eagle drone. It wasn't immediately clear if that was the same drone Iran claimed to have captured. 

FINISH


blog comments powered by Disqus

10 year FSM Anniversary

Lena Dunham, usual suspects cheer Supreme Court's blocking of new Texas abortion clinic law

June 29, 2015  05:58 PM

Blocking enforcement of the law temporarily pretty much guarantees another SCOTUS abortion fight this fall. Hooray.

'Seriously'? Hillary's campaign wants to make your grilling experience as humiliating as possible [photo]

June 29, 2015  05:26 PM

"Who would buy and wear this crap?"

'Travel Agent in Chief': Carefree @BarackObama hawks Hawaii trip [photo]

June 29, 2015  05:12 PM

"Seriously. Are you running a country, or a sweepstakes?"

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor argues Court might as well let inmates be 'drawn and quartered'

June 29, 2015  04:17 PM

Sotomayor's dissent over the use of a lethal injection sedative mentions "burning at the stake."

'Disappointing': After brief torrid love affair, the Left is again jaded by SCOTUS

June 29, 2015  04:01 PM

The "Court has spoken so it's final" attitude went away quickly after this EPA ruling.

FSM Archives

More in MUST READS ( 1 OF 25 ARTICLES )