By Joe Sterling
Iranian TV aired images Thursday of what it says is the U.S. stealth drone that went down in Iran last week.
Press TV showed different angles of an apparently intact craft on a pedestal with uniformed people in the scene, including two having a discussion about the unmanned aircraft - identified as an RQ-170 drone.
The authenticity of the footage could not be independently confirmed.
Two U.S. officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday that the drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission that involved both the intelligence community and military personnel stationed in Afghanistan.
A senior U.S. official with direct access to the assessment about what happened to the unmanned aircraft said it was tasked to fly over western Afghanistan and look for insurgent activity, with no directive to either fly into Iran or spy on Iran from Afghan airspace.
A U.S. satellite quickly pinpointed the downed drone, which apparently sustained significant damage, the senior official said.
Press TV network also showed reporters questioning the Swiss envoy to Tehran, who was summoned by Iran's Foreign Ministry over the issue. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran, which doesn't have diplomatic relations with the United States.
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