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Iran Captures another US Drone

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Iran has downed another American Drone. This time over the Persian Gulf. Last month US claimed Iran attempted to shoot down their Drone in Intl waters in the Persian Gulf. Iran insisted they fired warning shots at the Drone which was in Iranian air space over Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.

http://www.youtube.c...&v=9yJywNdJXq0#!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20591336

Iranian state television has shown images of what it says is an unmanned US drone captured in its airspace.

The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle - one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency that the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent days.

But the US Navy said none of its drones was missing in the Middle East.

Other nations in the region, including the United Arab Emirates, also operate ScanEagles - low-cost, long-endurance aircraft with a 10ft (3m) wingspan, Associated Press says.

Rear Adm Fadavi said that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".

Analysis

The best-known drones might be those like the American Predator and Reaper, which carry weapons and are used by the CIA as well as the US military and British RAF to launch strikes. But the Predator began as a surveillance - not an armed - vehicle and it is in this field that drones are still primarily used.

It has the ability to loiter over a target for much longer than manned aircraft and to beam back imagery and other forms of information to analysts thousands of miles away.

The US may have pioneered the use of unmanned drones but the number of countries using them for surveillance has expanded rapidly in recent years. Because they are intelligence-gathering tools, often operating over hostile territory, they will not carry identifying markings.

Iran and its nuclear programme (as well as its military facilities) will certainly be a top target for US surveillance, but for other neighbouring nations as well. This may make it harder to be absolutely sure who the drone really belongs to.

Fars said the drone was captured "in the last few days" without giving further details.

A spokesman for US Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said: "The US Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles operating in the Middle East region.

"Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognised water and air space.

"We have no record that we have lost any ScanEagles recently."

Last month, the US said Iranian warplanes had shot at a US surveillance drone flying in international airspace. Iran said the aircraft had entered its airspace.

November also saw Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, write to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to complain about what he said were repeated US violations of Iranian airspace near the Bushehr power station, describing them as "illegal and provocative acts".

A year ago, Iranian TV broadcast pictures of an American RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance drone that Iran said had been brought down using electronic warfare. The US said it had malfunctioned.

Iran rejected a US call for the return of the drone. It subsequently claimed to have developed its own unmanned drone.

Washington and Tehran are engaged in a dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme.

The Revolutionary Guards are an elite unit of the Iranian military which operate their own naval forces.

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ScanEagles are a dime a dozen in the Gulf .. word also has it the drone was sold to Iranian interests on the black market via a Bahrain contact .. apparently several "allied states" in that area have a supply of these relatively "low tech" drones .. they are compared as a musket to a Uzi .. with the newer American drones being the "Uzi" .. should be interesting to watch both sides "spin" this episode ..

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I think this is just Propaganda......I doubt Iran really have an US drone

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OMG they captured a drone! Now they have a weapon of mass destruction, someone should do something about this!!

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ScanEagles are a dime a dozen in the Gulf .. word also has it the drone was sold to Iranian interests on the black market via a Bahrain contact .. apparently several "allied states" in that area have a supply of these relatively "low tech" drones .. they are compared as a musket to a Uzi .. with the newer American drones being the "Uzi" .. should be interesting to watch both sides "spin" this episode ..

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ScanEagles are a dime a dozen in the Gulf .. word also has it the drone was sold to Iranian interests on the black market via a Bahrain contact .. apparently several "allied states" in that area have a supply of these relatively "low tech" drones .. they are compared as a musket to a Uzi .. with the newer American drones being the "Uzi" .. should be interesting to watch both sides "spin" this episode .

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ScanEagles are a dime a dozen in the Gulf .. word also has it the drone was sold to Iranian interests on the black market via a Bahrain contact .. apparently several "allied states" in that area have a supply of these relatively "low tech" drones .. they are compared as a musket to a Uzi .. with the newer American drones being the "Uzi" .. should be interesting to watch both sides "spin" this episode ..

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Boy it's a good thing it's not a manned craft. It's only like the SR-71 that had manned pilots was NEVER shot down due to enemy action. (Yes there were 12 accidents but only 1 person lost their life in those twelve accidents.)

Sorry I think UAV's is a part of the military's toys and just a money grab in the defense industry.

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OMG they captured a drone! Now they have a weapon of mass destruction, someone should do something about this!!

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I doubt Bahrain would give Tehran an American Drone. They don't get along. US has a navy base in Bahrain.

If they can capture the best of American Drones like they did Sentinel, then this "dime a dozen" should be easy to capture.

The US refused to accept it last time until Iran showed the Sentinel, or as you might say "uzi" on TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MrVihH3r3g

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I like how the American media is still sticking with RQ crashing in Iran, despite the fact that their story changed about it 100 times, and that the Iranian government showed video of the damned thing landing.

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I like how the American media is still sticking with RQ crashing in Iran, despite the fact that their story changed about it 100 times, and that the Iranian government showed video of the damned thing landing.

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And I could kill you with the paper they signed the contract on, or the pen they signed it with, but what is your point?? .. you would rather have a musket than an Uzi? ..

Technologically, fire power matters .. the fact the enemy has a musket of mine, and "it" is a major factor in their comprehension of my armaments, I may even "sell" them one myself .

Shalom ..

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In 1985, while Iran and Iraq were at war, Iran made a secret request to buy weapons from the United States. McFarlane sought Reagan's approval, in spite of the embargo against selling arms to Iran. McFarlane explained that the sale of arms would not only improve U.S. relations with Iran, but might in turn lead to improved relations with Lebanon, increasing U.S. influence in the troubled Middle East. Reagan was driven by a different obsession. He had become frustrated at his inability to secure the release of the seven American hostages being held by Iranian terrorists in Lebanon. As president, Reagan felt that "he had the duty to bring those Americans home," and he convinced himself that he was not negotiating with terrorists. While shipping arms to Iran violated the embargo, dealing with terrorists violated Reagan's campaign promise never to do so. Reagan had always been admired for his honesty.

PBS.org

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I got it now, Bahrain is a superpower aka USA and the king is Reagan.

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Doesn't the enemy already have an Uzi of yours? Didn't I post the enemy showing off the Uzi they stole from you about a year ago? You are on par with CNN. You might as well say they made a model by looking at the pictures from the internet...lol

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