Iran says it downed unmanned U.S. spy drone

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Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said the country’s army downed an unmanned U.S. spy drone along the country’s eastern border Sunday.

The wreckage of what Fars described as a Lockheed-Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone was largely intact after it was downed, the news agency said.

“Iran’s army has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran,” Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam state television network quoted an unnamed source as saying. “The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the armed forces.” The station did not show any images of the alleged drone.

According to an unnamed military official quoted by state TV, Iran’s cyber warfare unit managed to take over controls of the drone and bring it down. In recent years, Iran has invested in what it calls “asymmetric” warfare, alternative techniques to take on enemies who have greater military power, like the United States.

An unnamed military official also told the Fars news agency that Iran’s response “will not be limited to the country’s borders.”

The incident follows a week of heightened tensions between Iran and the west after young Iranian hard-liners stormed the British Embassy compound and a separate diplomatic residence here Tuesday. Britain pulled its diplomatic staff from the Islamic republic following the attack and ordered Iran’s diplomats to leave London. The Iranian delegation arrived back in Tehran on Saturday.

In July, Iran also claimed to have shot down a U.S. spy drone, which U.S. officials denied. (Source: The Washington Post)

  Comments - 7

  • Javi Monday, 05 December 2011 04:20 AM

    Western War cloud surround the Iran

    CJ Monday, 05 December 2011 04:22 AM

    It is getting closer. Iran will be the next target.

    southpaw Monday, 05 December 2011 05:01 AM

    The US -Israel nexus at work to preserve the latters superiority in the middle east and satisfy the Jewish Lobby in the West

    classified Monday, 05 December 2011 07:41 AM

    Good work from Iran.
    When Nato kills Pakistan military personnel its a mistake.Not to forget the state-of-the art lethal weapons Nato has. When something like that happens in Sri Lanka by government forces - it is ethnic cleansing.

    sparks Monday, 05 December 2011 02:48 AM

    It is time terrorism supporting Iran got the same treatment as Libya.

    jterm Monday, 05 December 2011 02:59 AM

    sounds to me like propaganda - even if the drone DID crash I highly doubt their "Cyber warfare" team had anything to do with it. Maybe it crashed due to some technical failure. Iran has been known to make ludicrous, fantastical claims all the time. Including a longstanding claim that the holocaust never took place. Bottom line is, Iran's claims should be taken with a BOTTLE of SALT (not a grain)

    ajith Monday, 05 December 2011 03:20 AM

    An eye opener for America..

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