(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that Iranian fighter jets fired on an unmanned U.S. drone in international airspace last week. CNN’s Barbara Starr had the story first.

 

“The Iranian aircraft fired continuously. They did not hit the drone. The drone was able to return to base in that region, but this does raise some serious new tensions with Iran.”

 

The incident happened on November 1, 15 nautical miles east of Kuwait’s coast, just south of Iran. The Pentagon says the drone was conducting routine surveillance measures not aimed at Iran.

 

The planes behind the shooting are the former Soviet SU-25’s, small single-seat fighters that now make up much of Iran’s air force.

 

Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear development program and its continuing aggression toward Israel have been hot topics in American politics over the past few years. The New York Times writes that the Pentagon’s delayed announcement:

 

“...doubtless will raise questions about whether that silence had been meant to forestall an international controversy before the election … it might have been viewed as a provocative or even partisan political act before the voting."

 

Although this U.S. drone wasn’t destroyed, it was roughly one year ago that another American drone crashed in eastern Iran and was put on display, then dissected by the Iranian government. The Pentagon insisted no confidential information was compromised as a result of that crash.

 

Circumstances around the firing are still unclear, and CNN’s report, relying on anonymous Pentagon sources, has picked up its fair share of criticism. Like this from Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian:

 

“There is not an iota of skepticism about any of the assertions, including how this incident happened, what the drone was doing at the time, or where it took place. It is pure US government press release...”

 

Still, details outside the Pentagon’s account are not yet known.

Iranian Jets Fire on Unmanned US Drone

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Nov 8, 2012

Iranian Jets Fire on Unmanned US Drone

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that Iranian fighter jets fired on an unmanned U.S. drone in international airspace last week. CNN’s Barbara Starr had the story first.

 

“The Iranian aircraft fired continuously. They did not hit the drone. The drone was able to return to base in that region, but this does raise some serious new tensions with Iran.”

 

The incident happened on November 1, 15 nautical miles east of Kuwait’s coast, just south of Iran. The Pentagon says the drone was conducting routine surveillance measures not aimed at Iran.

 

The planes behind the shooting are the former Soviet SU-25’s, small single-seat fighters that now make up much of Iran’s air force.

 

Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear development program and its continuing aggression toward Israel have been hot topics in American politics over the past few years. The New York Times writes that the Pentagon’s delayed announcement:

 

“...doubtless will raise questions about whether that silence had been meant to forestall an international controversy before the election … it might have been viewed as a provocative or even partisan political act before the voting."

 

Although this U.S. drone wasn’t destroyed, it was roughly one year ago that another American drone crashed in eastern Iran and was put on display, then dissected by the Iranian government. The Pentagon insisted no confidential information was compromised as a result of that crash.

 

Circumstances around the firing are still unclear, and CNN’s report, relying on anonymous Pentagon sources, has picked up its fair share of criticism. Like this from Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian:

 

“There is not an iota of skepticism about any of the assertions, including how this incident happened, what the drone was doing at the time, or where it took place. It is pure US government press release...”

 

Still, details outside the Pentagon’s account are not yet known.

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