November 8th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Iranian jets fire on U.S. drone

By Barbara Starr

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.

The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said. The Predator was not hit.

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"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in responding to questions from reporters after CNN reported the incident.

Little said the United States believed this was the first time an unmanned aircraft was shot at by the Iranians in international waters over the Gulf.  In December of 2011, a U.S. surveillance drone crashed in eastern Iran.  Iranians claimed to have shot it down, and created a toy model of the drone to celebrate its capture.

Little stopped short of calling the incident an act of war although the Pentagon was concerned.

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Two U.S. officials explained the jets were part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps force, which has been more confrontational than regular Iranian military forces.

At least two bursts of gunfire came from the Su-25s' cannons. The drone started to move away but the Iranian aircraft chased it, doing aerial loops around it before breaking away and returning to Iran.

The Obama administration did not disclose the incident before the presidential election, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN on Thursday.  They declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter.

The drone's still and video cameras captured the incident showing two Su-25s approaching the Predator and firing onboard guns.

The Iranian pilots continued to fire shots that went beneath the Predator but were never successful in hitting it, according to the officials.

U.S. military intelligence analysts are still not sure if the Iranian pilots simply were unable to hit the drone due to lack of combat skill, or whether they deliberately were missing and had no intention of bringing it down.

But as one of the officials said, "it doesn't matter, they fired on us."

Little said the United States has to assume Iran was trying to bring down the Predator.

The United States protested the incident but had not heard back from Iran.

Iran has, at other times, been confrontational in the region.  In January, the U.S. military and coast guard had close encounters with Iranian Navy vessels which approached at high speeds and exhibited provocative behavior.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, declined to say whether his country knew about the incident before Pentagon officials

soundoff (3,881 Responses)
  1. Oscar

    Nice shooting, Dickwads!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  2. jason

    What planet are Republicans from??? Your boy got WHOOPED! It would have made such a difference if this would have came out before the election huh??? BUHAHAHAHA! You will never learn, hence why you are a DYING breed.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Happy to be Republican

      Simple truth, everyone's getting played by this administration at least I know it and have the guts to vote against it. The Dems are sheep for this administration. Bahhhhhaaaaa

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  3. Terrible_Ted

    WAR!!!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  4. Bribarian

    America has spoken, no wars for zi0nism.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Cn3

      Wow. Did your parents have any children that lived?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Eli G

      Your an idiot.

      Most American Jews supported Obama's win against the oppressive Republicans, and many heavily donated.

      Sheldon Adelson has ruined Israeli politics with Bibi blowhard, and is attempting to do the same here.

      Don't think Adelson represents the majority of Jews or Israelis for a moment.
      WE DONT WANT WAR.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  5. Fish

    Hello from Canada. I have to point out how utterly pathetic some of you people are. And hypocritical. If there was an Iranian drone within a thousand miles of the USA it would be shot down. The US has drones, warships, aircraft all over the middle east, you spy on other countries, you fly drones over their airspace...come on. Get bloody real.

    As for you whining Republicans and other partisans on here–grow up. You are an embarrassment to your country. Are you going to spend the next four years crying on a CNN message board? What a disgrace.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Shawn Irwin

      That is a very good point, Fish . . . . complete hipocracy. So they took a few shots at a drone . . . what is the big deal?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Yet again, another self-righteous Canadian. Hello from elsewhere...

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • macdonmr

      Amen!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • macdonmr

        That is to you Fish!

        November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Fisherman

      Fish!! What would Canada do! Duh!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • reed

      you tell em Fish. Can you imagine if an iranian military aircraft was flying 16 miles off the california coast? that's in viewable distance if you're hanging out on the beach. US population is too susceptible to propaganda. this is an american provocation of war, not and iranian provocation of war. Convenient that it came out the day AFTER the election. if you all think obama is going to stay out of iran, you're all kidding yourselves.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • JD

      Hey Canada – I like your country, but your remarks are dead wrong. Does Canada do anything to fight for freedom? No, we do it for you.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • Fish

        We've had higher casualties than your country in Afghanistan, as a percentage of our population. We have been there fighting and dying for ten years you thankless POS. You're likely to ignorant and self-absorbed to even know that.

        Sorry we sat out that stupid, illegal misadventure of your buddy Bush. Chretien had the sense to know better.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Sam James

      To compare the U.S. air space and drones off the Atlantic coast to conditions in the Middle East is ludicrous and totally in denial of the terrorist activities going on in the region. I would suppose you would compare Toronto as being in a similar state of affairs as Aleppo! How ridiculous.....stop drinking the Kool-aid and comment in some logical way to the current conditions around us.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • Joneser

        Conditions? Right, conditions. If there were Iranian drones spying on our shores, your right, the conditions would be different. Conditions are as conditions do. So our government goes into a region, creates a certain "condition" which in turn justify their actions to people who are not willing to see what is going on. Which so happens to be a large majority of this country.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
      • Fish

        Ooooo the terrorists. the terrorist. Guess what, your government are the largest sponsors of terror in the world. You believe all the freedom and democracy BS? RIGHT. You're4 happy to prop up dictators if they do your bidding. And your terrorists are "freedom fighters". It's all for empire, and guess what? Yours is declining. It's over. One day you won't be the big one on the block.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Matic

      Umm actually other nations do the same thing, and there are ample instances of drones, surveillance ships etc approaching American airspace, millitary assets, and American warships, it's a regular occurrence in fact.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • BobPhxville

      I love to hear from Canadians. You have any idea why you dont have to pay fro a military? You think it may have something to do with living in the shadow of the US. Shut Up and enjoy your freedom paid for by the US.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • john

      As you can see , Fish, given the chance, the right wing in America would alienate every last one of our allies. I know you guys fight in wars with us, I've met your soldiers. Good thing the right wing has no idea how to win an election anymore. LOL

      November 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Krashed

      Ha! How cute! I know that are just going through withdraw since the NHL went on strike. Big boy countries are talking, so maybe try to be quite while your country's number one export is Bryan Adams CDs

      November 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  6. Shawn Irwin

    http://www.infowars.com/cia-allegedly-using-drug-money-to-overthrow-ecuador-president-rafael-correa/

    Who do you trust?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Cn3

      Canada? LOL. If not for us you would bye part of Russia – eh

      November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • Fish

        You know, a major reasons great powers fall is hubris. Like yours. The world is changing. People are getting sick of the hypocricy and bullying of your country. Read your history. You will not be powerful forever.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  7. done

    Preemtive nukes. Next question.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Shawn Irwin

      The nuke solution is for people who fail to think . . . . Why do you suppose they banned above-ground testing? Because of the loud noise it makes? . . . No . . . Because when a nuke goes off, it blasts radiation up into the stratosphere . . . . and it comes back down all over the world . . . including on you . . . . nice thinking bumpkin.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  8. pilot

    Even though it was in international waters, this was most likely a warning shot to clear the area. At this point the Iranians do not want to escalate anything. Not a threat to the pilot since they are in a remote location. It appears the point was taken and the UAV returned to base.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Cn3

      Thanks Billy Mitchell.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  9. Dandude

    Their fighter jets are so bad they can't hit a freakin drone with 2 jets.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  10. liberal disease

    Obama told us he was going to rest relations with our enemies 4 years ago..i guess hen needs another 4 years

    November 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Fire fighter Rob

      What should he do? Romney liked what Obama was doing with Iran, so he wouldn't have done anything different.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  11. Jonathan

    Obama Bin Laden will apologize for our drones being to close to their air space... Just wait and see. Maybe he will go on another apology tour because of this.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Babs

      He should apologize for you. That kind of talk about a sitting President when something like this happens is a disgrace.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • cocopuf

      That, wouldn't surprise me a bit.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • johnson

      Dude, just move out of this country if you hate it so much.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Doc Watson

      Seriously? You wasted a good thirty seconds posting that? What, pray tell, does that comment have to do with anything other than indicating your serious difficulty with reality?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Yes, unfortunately ... Obama will need to go on another tour to apologize for the crazy Republicans! LMAO

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      The only person that should apologize is you, you ignorant load of sod. Its people like you that make this country look bad.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • CausinAScene

      if you have so much Hate, Maybe you should Pack your S**t and go, Go somewhere where hate like that is appreciated... Say..Iran...

      November 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  12. w5cdt

    Typical Arab-ghetto bellicose mentality. One of these days they will provoke an unnecessary war.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • TS13

      You do realize that they are not arabs? You also do realize that the Persian Gulf is not the Gulf of Mexico right?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  13. JDalco

    way to go CNN, cover this up until captain Clueless get reelected. You know he can't handle this. . .

    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      How come Mormon Bishop Mittens didn't throw another one his press conference?!!! LMAO

      November 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Yeuxsansvisa

      When you say things like that it sounds like you have no ideas of your own and are just repeating things you've heard other people say.

      Captain Clueless? Ok

      November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • Fire fighter Rob

      Did you watch the 3rd debate? Romney agreed with Obama on everything regarding Iran.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • hijackthemic

      Ohhh! If only America had known that Iranians fired on a drone and missed! 100% of Obama voters would have suddenly decided to vote for the whack-job party and their candidate Richie Rich who planned on lowering our deficit by tripling it.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  14. john

    Maybe the Iranians did this on the eve of the election to provoke a response. Maybe the Iranians would rather Mitt Romney was president and they did this to try and tilt the election towards him. It seems all the Obama haters here want our elections influenced by Iranian parlor tricks. That is why you are not in charge, you are all stones and no brains. But we'll need your guns in case the Russians ever invade. LOL.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Wow your rather unitelligent. Problems have been on the rise there and it happened Nov 1st. Now I know liberals are bad at math and 1 comes before 6. Watch big bird he can help you

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • john

        Wrong again. see #3
        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve
        1
        : evening
        2
        : the evening or the day before a special day
        3
        : the period immediately preceding

        November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • chris

      Wow your rather unitelligent. Problems have been on the rise there and it happened Nov 1st. Now I know liberals are bad at math and 1 comes before 6. Watch big bird he can help you . You still have all the public funding you need including TV. Or call your local GED office with your free cell phone and book a class. One favor also, why is it so hard for Liberals to understand facts?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • john

        I read a lot of books. That is why I appreciate the nuances of language. I also like math, like 332-206 electoral vote counts. Loser.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Babs

      Well said, John. Just was I was thinking.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @John,thank God the Mormon moron wasn't elected to have this problem to deal with because we'd be in a war and this chicken hawk would've had all 500 of his generals,admirals cheering him on ,yah know the ones that signed his pledge backing him in the Washington Post...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  15. usmc3085

    Sly you are an ignorant non american swim back to were you floated in from

    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  16. Richard Stroker

    It's an Illuminati, jewish sorcery, bilderberger NWO false flag operation and george bush is behind it all.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • chris

      tell me you are not serious

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  17. Fish

    You whining Republicans are SO PATHETIC!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • chris

      No you spineless needy lazy liberals re pathetic?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  18. Sagebrush Shorty

    "The Obama administration did not disclose the incident before the presidential election, .............." Now there's a surprise.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Why didn't Mormon Bishop Mittens throw another one his press conferences?!!! How interesting ...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • Daniel

        It's obvious the President was briefed on it, but how would Romney have access to this knowledge? Your intelligence escapes you.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Etch A. Sketch

        Mormon Bishop Mittens has been getting the same intelligence briefings as Obama since August.

        That is why he jumped the gun on the Benghazi incident and embarrassed himself.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  19. William Hoblitzell

    Doesn't a country have the right to defend its borders? America would also shoot down surveillance drones if another nation were spying on us. Seems like a perfectly legitimate act of self-defense to me.

    Seems like some real state propaganda is going on here...

    November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • scott

      Uh, no we wouldn't... Lots of countries monitor the US, the soviets would park ballastic missile submarines off our coast and run missle drills. As long as they stay in international waters/airspace, we wouldn't touch them.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • William Hoblitzell

        Well that's because the USSR had nuclear bombs, and Iran doesn't. It's why we invaded Iraq and never touched North Korea. The point is that we would never allow a military base to be spied on in our territories. The Air Force has the stated policy to shoot down surveillance jets.

        This article is thinly veiled US Military propaganda. Guessing I just made the terror watch list haha

        November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  20. BobJ

    We're sending drones 16 miles off their coast, and they're the aggressors? What would we do if they sent a drone that close to our coast? It's time to start minding our own business.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Richard Stroker

      Your Guru buddy Wrong Paul, his policies would lead to a world war.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Miriclaire

      Agreed! At 16 miles they could have thrown stones ta it! And the headline and insistence "unmanned" and "unarmed" ... whoopdee.That is completely irrelevant

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Natfka

      A little idiocy here BOBJ. The world has shipping lanes that are in international waters that far off of the iranian coast. Countries around the world rely upon these lanes, and the US helps patrol them.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • David In NC

      Who said that the drone was monitoring Iran? We have a presence in that area to keep the shipping lanes open of which Iran has threatened to close them. If it ever happens again, we should consider it an act of war and shoot down their jets.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  21. Jan

    I don't hear anything about a Russian or Chinese or Iranian drone flying off the Gulf of Mexico, near the U.S. why do we have drones flying near Iran which is not that far from Russia. A couple of days ago, the Russian foreign minister rejected any sanctions against Syria (which is Iran's buddy) and China backed it up. I think the East is getting tired of the West doing stuff in the East. Let's focus on fixing our own economy, and lots of other issues which George Bush left us with.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • David In NC

      Ok Mr. Dumb Nut. Let these shipping lanes be closed and watch the world economy take a nose dive, including ours.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  22. Jeff from Columbus

    Its all good. Obama will just bow in the general direction of Iran and they'll like us again.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Don't worry ... Mormon Bishop Mittens will come the rescue and invest more money into their Chinese companies! LMAO

      Then Mormon Bishop Mittens will call his best buddy Benhi Netanyahooo to draw his red line higher on the chart! LMAO

      November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      And Jeff,you will bow down and grab your ankles again,just like a good little conservative Republican.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  23. rdc8990

    I'm gonna avoid any political stuff and just laugh at the fact a Chinese Su-25 could not down an unmanned drone.

    Bad Boys, Bad Boys, watcha gonna do, when an F-22 comes for you?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Paleo Conservative

      This isn't a football game hero.

      You're either an enlisted GI, high school student or just your average American warmonger.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
      • Natfka

        time to get off that high horse Paleo

        November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
      • rdc8990

        @Paleo: You're either a high-schooler, or a 40yr old chuck norris keyboard commando. Which are you?

        November 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Fire fighter Rob

      They were warning shots.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
      • rdc8990

        Yes, they might have been. You did you read the story? Military personal that ACTUALLY SAW THE VIDEO COULD NOT TELL.

        READ THE STORY BEFORE VOICING YOUR ARMPIT, GUY!

        November 11, 2012 at 4:14 am |
    • Oliver

      Um, it's actually a Russian Sukhoi Su-25, was first invented in the 1970's, it's similar to the American A-10 Warthog.
      SO, bad boy bad boy bad boy, next time read a fricking military book.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • rdc8990

        S-25 is a an Air-to-Air fighter. A-10 is strictly air-to-ground.

        Nice try dumb @–

        November 11, 2012 at 4:16 am |
      • rdc8990

        I'm glad you can read wikipedia.

        November 11, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  24. Etch A. Sketch

    Obama will apologize to Iranians that they got suckered into a SKETCHY deal from one of Mormon Bishop Mitten's Chinese companies! LMAO

    November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Yeah it's a real laugh that they feel confident enough to fire on our drones with Obama as our leader. When has that ever happened before? Oh that's right NEVER. I guess you will be rolling over laughing when they fire on one of our ships and WWIII starts.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
      • Etch A. Sketch

        Hmm ... could it be because Obama has increase the use of drone operations??!!! LMAO

        November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Uncommonviews

      You think it's funny we have yet again been attacked by the Iranians? I can not wait till the us has to deal with a at home ground attack cause I think it will be funny to watch people like you lose your homes and lives then run to Obama for help who in turn will do nothing as usual.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  25. twheel67

    IIt happened last week but no coverage until AFTER the election. That's interesting.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • James

      because it will be cried by Republicans that the president is using it to score political points.

      A threat of war provoked by another country is ALWAYS in the sitting President's favor.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Miriclaire

      If it were reported BEFORE the election, the right wingers would say it was manipulation by the President to win the election. If it were reported AFTER the election, the right wingers would say it s manipulation by the pres ... Well, you get it.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  26. bh

    testing

    November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  27. DT

    Convenient timing.

    I call BS here.

    Down with this war mongering imperial stasi garbage nation.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • tarura

      Very conveeeeeenient. This happened on Nov.1, but the secretive Obama regime kept mouth shut thru election.

      Only if you had known . . .

      November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  28. BldrRepublican

    'taint happening, you CNN pu$$ies.

    You thin-skinned apologetic spineless wimps elected one of your own to Commander-in-Chief and you can bet Iran, North Korea, and maybe even China are going to have a little fun pushing us around the playground for the next 4 years....

    GWBush would be all over this, and put Iran in it's place. Obama? He's gonna try to "hug" Iran more. Get used to it, wimps.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      A Muslim peasant threw a shoe at Bush ... that's how tough they think Bush was! LMAO

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Hadenuffyet

      Enlist hero...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • paul

      You should enlist. With a little bit of luck there will be another war and you can show the rest of us that you're a tough macho man.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      We should also get used to more of yours and that of others right wing stupidity and ignorance.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • BldrRepublican

      At what point in time do Paul and Hadenuffyet actually stand up and FIGHT? Someone throw trash on your yard and you smile and wave? Someone come over and have a good time with your wife, you just slink off to the basement on your computers?

      You sound like wimps – not ready/willing/able to stand for anything. So tell me, what WOULD it take for you to agree to a war with Iran??

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • Etch A. Sketch

        Former Defense Secretary Gates ... a REPUBLICAN ... said that going to war with Iran would be one of the biggest mistake in US history if it ever happened

        November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
      • Fire fighter Rob

        Are you offering to send yourself and your kids to go fight Iran?

        November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
      • Dennis

        Ask Romney.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
      • BldrRepublican

        LIke I said Etch, Dennis, et al....GET used to being pushed around the playground.....Your guy in the Oval Office is limp-wristed peter-puffer, like you.

        None of you could fight your way out of a paper bag....

        November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
      • Etch A. Sketch

        I seem to recall that ... Osama Bin Laden and the entire core Al Qaeda leadership are dead ...

        I seem to recall that many of the dictators in the Middle East have fallen ... like that Gadafi guy.

        I seem to also recall that Obama succeeded in getting the Russians and Chinese to support cripply UN sanctions against Iranian. Never done before by any other administration.

        All under Obama's watch. These things don't happen by accident.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • Dennis

        BldrRepublican:The more you post here on this subject,the more dumber you sound.Give it up son,your Mormon hero wasn't elected.He's not in charge and neither are you...But we know who is,and thank God,he's not a Republican or a Mormon!

        November 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Richard Nichols

      BldrRepublican Did you over dose on your Viagra or are you just stupid?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • yourmomma

        he's just stupid

        November 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • Dennis

        No,his estrogen level is a quart low and he is still bitter about the election outcome.Tough!

        November 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Dennis

      BldrRepublican:Go back to Fox News and detour straight to hell.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • lip

      I think GW Bush is still looking for those WMD's. Yep, he sure was all over it. Stupid is as stupid does.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • BldrRepublican

      Look, Richard Nichols, the article CLEARLY states the drone was in INTERNATIONAL airspace. The drone was NOT in Iranian airspace.

      That means Iran firing on it was an act of aggression. What part of that do you not understand?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
      • yourmomma

        cry cry cry,.............make a mother sigh..........four more years.............had to live under Bush for most of my 20s so now I get to enjoy my 30s with and intelligent leader..........why don't you to target practice with the M16 you keep in the closet Tool!

        November 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Hydro66

      Obama weak? You mean the guy who actually tracked down and killed Bin Laden, versus Bush who spent 8 years looking in the wrong country for him? Bush would be all over this? Laughable.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
      • BldrRepublican

        Obama didn't track down bin Laden. Obama was safely and securely in the White House, and watch the whole event unfold on a video transmission.

        None of the intelligence agencies changed leadership when Obama took office. That means it was the same guy leading the intelligence (CIA, etc) for the Bush administration as well as the Obama administration.

        That means Obama had nothing to do with it. Get real.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • yourmomma

      dude really,..........yeah, let's just go spend more money on war......do you realize that's what is costing this nation the most money............we need to strengthen our security keep an eye on our borders and let the rest of the world do what they want with themselves.........kill each other, let em...............kill ours respond...................tired of all this pro-war testosterone crap the Republicans juice up on. The world makes fun of us for trying to police them..................do you wanna be like Rome??????????? It fell remember. You know why?..........because they tried to rule everybody!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Fire fighter Rob

      That's funny if Bush was so great then why does your party not even acknowledge that he existed?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  29. Robert

    Ya gotta laugh loudly, that two IRANIAN fighter pilots (ok, attack pilots) couldn't shoot down a slow, (and slow enough that a slingshot could bring it down), drone! I think nobody (especially Israel), needs to worry about Iran. LOL

    November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  30. Rob

    Good for them. Hope they hit the next one, not our business patrolling their shores

    November 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Rob:If the drone was outside the recognized 12 mile nautical zone,it wasn't in Iranian airspace,itt happened to be in internantional airspace.Read the article again and try to absorb some of the material written.Are you capable of doing that?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
      • William Hoblitzell

        We have no moral legitimacy to be involved in the Middle East at all, let alone telling other nations what to do within their own borders. America isn't the world police. Good on Iran. Someone needs to stand up to American military imperialism.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • James

        The problem is what would the U.S. do if Iran flew a spy drone 12 miles off the coast of Virginia or New York City? Or the Naval Academy? or our Hawaii Ship Docks?

        November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • Fire fighter Rob

        You believe the article? I am sure that drone was just taking beautiful pictures of the landscape.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  31. Paleo Conservative

    No more wars for Israel!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Strange

      Israel was against the Iraq war. They had Saddam as #7 on the threat board. They had zero to do with Afghanistan.
      Perhaps you should learn before you mindlessly repeat propaganda. (and hatred). Perhaps until then you could call yourself Paleo Lithic.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • DoubtYourDoubts

      We will always be there for Israel, it is at the foremost of our policy – and should always be. Both sides agree, and should.

      “Israel is a true friend,” President Obama said -. “It is our greatest ally in the region. And if Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel.”

      One of his few statements I agree with.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  32. Tyler

    Obama: On the behalf of the United States, we are sorry you shot our drone.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Obama will apologize to Iranians that got suckered into a SKETCHY deal from one of Mormon Bishop Mitten's Chinese companies! LMAO

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • paul

      On behalf of the U.S. sorry Osama that we shot you in the head. It wasn't our fault, our President made us do it.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Etch A. Sketch

        Didn't any of your RIGHT-WING brothers tell you ... Bush lied about Bin Laden too! LMAO

        November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • tarura

      . . .their action was spontaneous and we have nothing to do with this video ( ! )

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      You should be arrested for daring to say that he would apologize for that.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
      • tarura

        Thank you for your support for the 1st Amendment

        November 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Jason

      Right before he sends the SEALs in. Seriously, how could anybody with half a brain think that Obama's a wuss after the troop surge in Afghanistan, the US involvement in the Libyan Revolution, the Bin Ladin raid, those numerous drone strikes around the Middle East, and our steady increase in military spending?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  33. Lee Oates

    Sounds like a false flag operation to me. Anything to justify an attack on Iran.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      I agree

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Matic

      It in no way resembles a false flag op. It perfectly fits a cold-war-era pattern of aggressive probing of air assets to indicate a willingness to fight as a way to exert diplomatic pressure and to discourage increasing of surveIllance, exactly something a nation trying to gloss over the fact that their "nuclear energy" program is building bombs is going to do.

      It's really very simple. Iran is building nukes. We (the West) are trying to discourage this or stop it outright. We want pictures of facilities and are watching their shipping to see any movement of weapons. They are harassing and trying to up the ante of our doing so.

      This is all a pattern of rising tensions as a result of the Iranians being hell bent on the destruction of Israel and us being unwilling to do more to stop them early. And it's going to end in a terrible and much bigger war than this generation has ever seen if the president doesn't do better than this, and if the press doesn't stop covering for him.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
      • Fire fighter Rob

        So you think Iran wants a nuclear weapon just to destroy Israel? I don't believe it. I believe they want a nuclear weapon because they are afraid they will become the next Iraq who didn't have any WMD's. Look at Pakistan. They were protecting Bin Laden and why didn't we go fight them? Because once you have nuclear weapons no one will mess with you.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • bilejones

        You do realize that all 16 (what sort of whack-job country needs 16) US "intelligence Agencies" have concluded that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program?

        Who's telling you otherwise?
        Oh, right Nutjob Netanyahu.

        CNN need look no further than this sort of drivel to explain why it's dying.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  34. Peter

    We had a drone over Benghazi, witness to the whole debacle and nothing was done, no support sent. Now we have the drone fired on with cameras rolling and, again, nothing was done. No fighters scrambled, no other drones brought to bear their arms and no missiles fired. So what we are telling the world is that American military hardware is just one big target that won't fire back.

    Remember when no one would pick on America?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Yeuxsansvisa

      No. I don't remember this mythical time that you speak of. When was it?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • kleht

      The U.S. has fought a number of wars since the Korean war. What have we really accomplished – other than showing the world that we can be fought against, and successfully? Is it any wonder we get little respect?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  35. Matt

    We would probably shoot a drone down if it was in our country...so why is it so wrong for them to shoot at ours in THEIR COUNTRY. the golden rule applies to gov'ts too people. pathetic double standards. this should be embarassing. instead people think we should bomb them??!! That drone being there is invading iran. im sick of the militeristic culture of this country. were all humans and we are no better than they are for any reason. they dont hate us because we are "free". they hate us because we constantly try to controll them through our corrupt money hungry politicians. people get so fooled by these stories that make us out to be the victim.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Matt,
      It wasn't in their country. If you believe the government, it was over international waters. Did you actually read the story?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Shawn

      Read the article, it wasn't in their air space.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • James

      The drone was not in Iranian airspace, learn to read.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • allmightycow

      "The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said."

      Read the article before you post.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Michael Masters

      The drone was in international territory monitoring shipping. Not over Iran.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Matic

      The drone was in international waters dummy, read the article at least.

      And those who suggest the US had no business having drones outside this line are just being idiots. This is one of the most vital waterways on the planet, an international hotspot, and so rightly many nations are patrolling this area by sea and air alike.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Kimo

      @Matt: Please read the article, it says the drone was never in their airspace so we were invading nothing. Kindly take the time and read the article before you scribble your anti-American rhetoric.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Did you read the article?
      "Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space."

      November 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • chris

      It was in International airspace you pathetic liberal. Asuming so since you obvisouly can not read

      November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • John P

      Did you not read the article? Atleast skim through it before you open your mouth. They were in international waters.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Howard Moon

      I am so tired of this agenda to start a war with Iran, or any other innocent country for that matter. Yawn. Nobody wants it except for the uneducated and an elite few. Too bad for the "agenda pushers", there is currently an awakening population that can now feel when you are lying, which is pretty much always. CNN's time as a credible news platform is numbered. Enjoy! You've been exposed.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      ok excuse my mistake. 16 miles. if a drone was 16 miles off the shore of the U.S. we would shoot it down. also, using insult to argue is a sign of weakness. try using logical reasoning if you wanted to be taken seriously. i respect others opionions but insulting is ignorant and uneducated. i am not a pathetic liberal. i just believe that we have no business being half way across the world when the real problems are here. and if we were not there in the first place, they wouldnt be a threat. and even if they were, if this gov't spent half the money it does on wars on TRUE DEFENSE budgets, we wouldnt have to worry about being attacked anyways. and please, if you disagree, try to argue logically instead of insults or like i said, it just makes you look weak....and if you disagee with that...insult away lol

      November 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  36. an iranian boy

    Please in your comments do not refer to the "Iranians". Please refer to the "Iran's government and the advocates". Iranians have no problem with Americans. We hate from our government. Our government knows themeself very Holy and knows infidel their opponents. excuse me if my english is too bad

    November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Dear CNN

      It's ok man, please excuse my morronic american brothers, they don't know any better

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • BluMartian

      Thanks for clarifying. It's good to know that people and their govt aren't always in the same boat. Just like here in The USA

      November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • American Christian

      We know that you are good people and you need help agains this government, we respect you, we have here more people from Iran, we wish our government could help, and we pray more for you.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        ^^^^ thats the problem right there. no, they dont need help from our government. its not our business. our country, our people, and our gov't is our business. and thats why our drone got shot at. because the countries in the middle east are sick and tired of being bullied, and controlled by this militerstic country and culture. we think we have a right over everyone in the world. we think were better. embarassing.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  37. Josh

    It said something about Iran being aggressive. I would ask first, who's flying in whose airspace?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  38. John

    Iran sure knows how to look like a third world air force. If our US "unmanned drones" carried a fly swatter, Iran would be fishing their simian pilots out of the water. The mother of all embarrassments.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Edward

      You sound ridiculous.That was a really stupid thing to say.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  39. Thomas

    Lets get ready to fight America, lets rally the troops, get ready to spend trillions of dollars, get a couple thousand good old American men and women killed, lets get the war machine going to prove we are macho, the boss, the big cheese, lets make some more fatherless children, motherless too, lets get it going, and why because the newest bogy man IRAN , fired on an UNMANNED DRONE,16 MILES OFF THE COAST. So get your sons and daughter ready....

    November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • curtis clemens

      this is not the New Bogy man this is an old Bogey man....who threatens Isreal with nuclear destruction, denies the holocaust and kills our soldiers....pull your head out....the Iranian govt sucks and needs an ass kicking

      November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • denis

      Anyone who doesn't understand the peril represented by an aggressive Iran is willfully ignorant. It has a 33 year history of acts of war against Israel and America. But its desire for nuclear weapons adds a dimension that will ignite the Gulf and quickly destroy the economies of the world. To simply reduce this situation to a bellicose America desiring a war is very foolish.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  40. JAMF

    Regardless if Romney or Obama was in office, we will be at war with IRAN within the next year. They have been preparing this for a long time. Am I wrong?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Pictureclean

      Yes

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
      • Pictureclean

        I meant no.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  41. JT

    Iran simply wants to see how the U.S. reacts.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  42. tet1953

    Well, that didn't take long.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  43. shamalamadingdong

    U.S ARMY service member here. I honestly think it was warning shots. stupid ones yes, but none the less warning shots.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  44. Frog Prince

    I hope Iran does something stupid so we can go over there and take out the trash.........

    November 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Arash

      Such an idiot you are!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
      • John

        No no no...it's not a rash arash, powerful antibiotics are what you need right now. Don't scratch, it spreads.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  45. Fish

    "The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes."

    Oh the irony. You Americans are really unbelievable.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • thebourneblogger

      Quibble all you want over the irony... We'll still bury Tehran in atomic ash...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Capt Death

      Wait until you see us fight!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  46. Cocopuf

    We should shoot down on of their aircraft to let them know what we can do.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Shahin2105

      You already did. Flight 655 shot down by US military, killing 300 civilians among which 60 children.

      We already know what you fü kkers can do.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Arash

      Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While flying in Iranian airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path, it was destroyed by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49). All 290 onboard including 66 children and 16 crew perished.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  47. Tom

    It's Israeli zionists stirring the pot again. "Do our bidding, America! Now!" CNN just had an interview with an Israeli diplomat...why? Why not speak with a U.S. and an Iranian diplomat? That's just one way you can tell it's Israel behind the scenes. If you don't understand or believe, just read true history, not what is handed to you in school or by the press, what really happened during the Bolshevik Revolution( 30,000,000 Christians killed by Jews/Zionists), the number of times the Federal Reserve tried to take over the banking in this country since 1776, why the countries that are so-called "bad"(Venezuela, N.Korea, etc) will not accept being part of the World Bank/Federal Reserve/IMF....
    BTW, I am not against True Israelites, Palestinians, Arabs or anyone in that region...just zionists in Israel and America!
    No war is needed. Rednecks and others, take your hatred and do something positive, go protect our border...or help a family in need nearby or on the East Coast.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Matic

      Why do I get the imprEssion that you are writing from within Iran, "Tom?"

      November 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • TxFire1

      Paulbot

      November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  48. Sean in AZ

    First on CNN? Really? This story has been all over the place since this morning. While CNN was covering fluff pieces about the election this morning, this story appeared on The Drudge Report, Fox News, The AP, and a handful of overseas outlets. This story broke on my Facebook feed before CNN even knew that there were drones flying over the gulf. CNN – your source for yesterday's news. Way to drop the ball and then be dishonest about it.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  49. Jim

    Sounds like the same morons that re-elected our wondrous CIC would just welcome Iran coming I. To tell us how to be a good country. Are you all huffing or sniffing glue regularly?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Jim:The true morons are the ones who wanted to put the other guy in the White House.If that was your decision also,I guess you fit right into that category!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  50. usmc3085

    pro freedom go live in Iran. when its time to take care of buisness maybe we will see you there

    November 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  51. Henry000

    How dare CNN claims this piece of news is "First on CNN"? Could it be this is the first time that CNN finally acknowledging it after withholding the "news" since Nov 1 in order to help some VIP to win in the election process?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  52. asiasky

    their jets fired on our drone and missed; and we consider this an act of war? Assassinating people with drones is an act of war. Since we sell weapons to every country on this planet; maybe the Iranians want to upgrade their jets?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  53. eroteme

    No country should have the right to fire at our drones. But I believe we have the right to fire on, destroy, any drones we have the desire to shoot down.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  54. SokrMom

    Let's NOT go to war with Iran.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  55. paul

    Alright, our drone escaped and avoid capture this time!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  56. Matic

    There are 2 stories here...

    1) Iran and the US are getting closer and closer to a serious conflict, with Iran very possibly haing the means to nuke Israel sometime during this presidential term... How Obama responds is incredibly important to the lives of millions, and...

    2) This is major news, which was in the hands of the white house and a sympathetic press, which also somehow failed to reach the public until after a critical election. Meaning the millions of people who may live or die based on this presidents actions have factored in as less important to certain people than winning an election.

    I don't care what side of the aisle you are on or what country, what your politics are, or where you are from. We are talking about events which can lead up to nuclear exchanges here. We need to know if this president is on the job, and we need the press to challenge him constantly, not to cover up information and act like a propaganda arm, because if they do this is going to turn into a historical bloodbath and a lot of Israelis and Iranians are going to be replaced with hunks of of green glass.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Julie

      I would agree with you except this is ALL MADE UP! So sad how low the MEDIA will go these days to sway the people of this country and make everyone look like FOOLS and war mongers in the process.

      This is just utter stupidity and SO PATHETIC...IRAN IS NOW more advanced in FREE ENERGY and they are using it PEACEFULLY and I say that as a FULL blooded AMERICAN!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
      • Matic

        Really, "Julie?" You're a full blooded American huh? And the "FREE ENERGY" buzzword you are using, which is a construct used by Iranians to imply that their nuclear ambitions are people-friendly efforts to lower electric bills, is just a phrasing you happened upon?

        November 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  57. Good Grief!

    Improper reporting by CNN.

    It's ridiculous to think the US doesn't try to get intelligence information by going over Iranian airspace. Have we forgotten that the Iranians have one of our Predator drones in their hands. I would hope that the US is trying to get this very important data by using unmanned drones. But if one gets shot down, it's clearly not an act of war... it's the low cost of doing drone reconnaissance.

    Don't count on CNN to give you accurate reporting

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  58. Julie

    Actually there were no issues with the US instruments it's just that the IRANIAN technology if far,far advanced...
    you might appreciate an article on Dr. Keshe's site – KESHE FOUNDATION – IRAN used the tech of FREE ENERGY and uses it for both medical and space advancement today, out of Belgium – free to all governments and people🙂

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  59. kevin

    Consequences of having an impotent, incompetent, apologetic president.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • kbv206

      Anyone advocating for war or calling the President a coward, YOU can finance the Iranian war on your own over warning shots. We can't AFFORD to get into another Middle Eastern war. You can't advocate for war and simultaneously advocate for deficit reduction. SOME of you radical Republicans can be so contradictory sometimes.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Louiethelooper

      Kevin, you must be talking about Reagan in 1983 in Beirut when our military barracks was bombed that killed 300 Americans! Because of Reagan impotent, incompetent, apologetic, presidency, the Islamic Jihad's did not see three color (Red, White, & Blue) that day, they only saw one color, and that color was YELLOW! Thanks Ronnie

      November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  60. damando

    So why are we not taking Military action against IRAN for this. They fired on U.S. Aircraft regardless if it was occupied or not they should be punished by more than diplomatic actions.They are clearly pushing for WAR so at least let them see what some of our missiles can do to persuade them not to fire at us again !

    November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      umm because we dont need any wars to further our debt. maybe you should go fight iran for it however theres probably many soldiers who would rather not have to have another war torn country to leave thier families for. dont be so militersitc.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • mrlewish

      So you are saying that we (the US) declared war on Iran when we flew a drone over their country some months back?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Arash

      And can you tell me what the hell an American Drone is doing on the other side of the world near Iranian boarders???

      November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  61. Kojac

    Well CNN, this is not convincing the American people we should go to war! So I will bet your MOSSAD agents in our CIA will blow something up in Chicago and blame it on Iran! Someone please take my bet!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  62. pbernasc

    so ... if the Iranian flew a high range spying drone 12 nautical miles off the US Cost, u really think that drone wouldn't be shot down? ... really .. act of war? Common, they even didn't get it .. chill out dudes .. they can do all the firing the want ...

    November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • athiestbob

      yeah...smoke some colorado dubage and contemplate Hendirx man!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  63. tymothymichel

    Bin laden died years ago of natural causes, look it up, and if you believe this drone was over "international waters" you'll believe the bay of tomkin incident.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  64. Michael

    We will get off fossil fuels just as soon as it is entirely gone – and we are about half way there. Until then there is a lot of democracy to spread around.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  65. Fact

    Who are kidding? Why do you send unmanned Drone in Persian Golf? You send it because you do not want to get detected? Otherwise, an aircraft could do samething in International water? You checking Iranian radar system as well as how they may reponse. Israel and US have threathen Iran continously. what do you expect to be their response?! How do they know it is NOT an attack? So lets stop playing game?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  66. Ted

    Pentagon was protesting to the Iranians...lol

    November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  67. Paul

    I don't think we'd tolerate a foreign country flying a drone 16 miles off the U.S. coast.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  68. Jo

    So, what happened is those fiends tried to murder one of our killer robots?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  69. Ghost

    The drone in 2011 was not shot down, it was hacked and hijacked by Iran. Months earlier the US military said they knew about deficiencies in their GPS network that they use to control the drones with and hacking was a major concern. They did not plug the holes and there we go.

    Shame on you CNN for trying to rewrite actual events that happens, and you call yourself reporters?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  70. Insight

    Iranians will pretty soon start firing on their shadows

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      Wow, really? A joking matter. The lack of knowledge with the mindset of video gamers is disturbing throughout the comment board. We are screwed.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  71. taylodl

    They chased it and did aerial loops around it. Sounds like what they've done is practiced chasing and downing a drone, without the provocation of actually downing one. If they thought there's a real possibility they may be at war with the U.S. then this is a useful skill for them to attain.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  72. Fire fighter Rob

    I am sure that drone was just taking pictures of the beautiful landscape😉 wink wink. Iran is scared that they will become the next Iraq. They have every right to defend themselves. Imagine if they sent a drone here to spy on US.

    I am more worried about Pakistan. I doubt that the country that was protecting Bin Laden are really our friends. So why does the US not question Pakistan? That's right because they have nuclear weapons.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • FFFF

      really because we didn't sneak in there or anything right under their noses , right next to a military installation and take out OBL....Furthermore these drones were innternational airspace...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • FKell

      Pakistan is also the only air route for supply into Afganistan. So as long as we need to operate facilities and maintain troops/personnel/embassy presence, we need to be friends with Pakistan, since the only other air route is through Iran (who by the way just fired on an unmanned drone flying in international airspace...)

      November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  73. Doug

    Why is this so shocking? America would shoot down anothers countries drones if they were flying over here.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Amanda

      Hey Doug,

      I'm a little confused by your comment since you imply that if another country was flying in American airspace that they'd be shot down. This was in international airspace according to the article which is a blatant sign of unwarranted aggression. Granted, this may be all a bunch of propaganda and we really WERE over Iranian soil but the article doesn't state that.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • Doug

        why would we be flying a drone over international waters? drones are for surveilance and attacking. if an American f16 seen a iraqi drone fly by it, you think it would not shoot it down.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Kathy Smith

      The drones were not flying in Iran's airspace. Please read the article before you comment.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • RPM

      Yes, that is what you get to do when you are the big dog.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  74. JOE

    duh

    November 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  75. JOE

    obama be apologizing anytime. what a clown

    November 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • trex

      .................HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA...........YOU LOOOOOOOSSSSSSSTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • Jerome

        OMG, you can't spell. And he didn't, what ever you said, the conservitive candidate did...go back to highschool. People like this that are posting on non-relivant topics need to go back to work/school

        November 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Don't worry ... one of the remain Republican clowns will throw a press conference pretty soon pretending to act like they know what is going on.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • WF Corey

      Joe, go back to fox news

      November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  76. Paleo Conservative

    How about we just end the US military empire, moron?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  77. CommonSensed

    Need to arm drones with air to air missiles and when they fire on it we fire back.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  78. Ridris

    Alwright!! Election 2 days over and its time to start the war drums. You people out there see whats happening dont ya? You saw it with Iraq, Libya, Syria, and now its Iran time. Better hurry up Obama, its bombin time, the oligarchy is calling, its payback time.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  79. Jim

    Why would they worry? They got their guy in our presidency! Shoot at whatever they want. If I was still military, I would be looking for any way out knowing our CIC gives not a D about our troops. Congrats libs. You voted to make us a third world country and non power. Watch our country unravel as you run out of my money to give to those of you that "just down have the energy" to go to work and make your own way.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  80. mrkline2667

    I wonder if anyone has considered that the shots might of been warning shots. Perhaps they were showing they knew the drone was there and the shots were warning shots with them chasing it to make sure it got the message or something...then again that part of been the pilots just having a little fun with it I suppose. Regardless I'm sure if they actually intended to shoot it down it would of been shot down.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • CommonSensed

      You give the Iranian air force too much credit. They would maintain air superiority over Iran for about a day if we went to war with them.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Yeah, sure, right. That's it. Your ilk is what has set our country on its way to be as powerful as Bermuda in the world.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Shahin2105

      Sssshhh, you shouldn't post such intelligent remarks here. This forum is for Iran bashing only. How ridiculous to even asume that Iranians are capable of shooting down an unmanned aerial vehicle! ( sarcasm)

      November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  81. Good Grief!

    An act of war? Really? Firing at a drone? We send drone into Pakistan and fire on their citizens. This is more of an act of war than shooting at an unmanned drone.

    Come on CNN, use some judgment. Stop warmongering. Stop trying to put you big sloppy foot print on the news. Just report it.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Thank you, Good Grief. I couldn't agree more!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  82. shots956

    Would it not have been funny if the unmanned drone were armed and got in a dogfight with the two Iranian jets and ket there rear ends. That would have been so funny.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  83. Bribarian

    I'm rooting for Iran to win now.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • CommonSensed

      We're all OK with you moving there.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • George

      Same here, and I'm a true blue American! The first person that shoots down a domestic drone is going to go down in history as a patriotic hero.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Jim from BC

      Then you better hope they were trying to miss. If Iranian fighter pilots can't even hit a UAV their airforce is even more laughable than we thought. At least they had the good sense not to waste a missile on it.
      As for the claim that it was in international waters, the US frankly has no credibility on that, at this point I'd give at least 50-50 odds that it was in Iranian airspace. It's America's word against Iran and neither one is remotely trustworthy.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  84. TJ

    Interesting that this comes out 8 days later and AFTER the election.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • trex

      ..And some Russian Diplomat spit in the street in DC last week.................................NUKE MOSCOW.........................right Ttards...?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  85. mike

    Isn't that exactly why we use drones...we expect them to be fired on?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  86. JOE

    another social issue drone on drone

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  87. MikefromTO

    Hilarious that people are hating on Obama for not starting a world war over a drone being shot at. Calling him spineless. What was your response when he got Bin Laden?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • tymothymichel

      Bin laden died years ago of natural causes, and if you believe a drone was over "international waters" I'll bet you'd buy the bay of tomkin incident as well...sheeple.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • Etch A. Sketch

        No way ... so Bush lied about Bin Laden too?! LMAO

        November 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  88. unblvble

    with sissy president on hand, even maldives will stand against USA. What can i do, majority of americans needs sissy president?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Haha

      I don't know whose worst?
      Mitt the guy who will press the red button not knowing what it will do ..or Obama who doesn't want to press the red button because he knows what it will do.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  89. Zac

    Are you really serious? An "act of war"? Leave it to the media. It was a DRONE. Was it enough to make us mad? Yes. An act of war? Come on. The media is stirring up controversy and there's gonna be some dumb redneck who's gonna go "Yeah! Let's go to war!" because of your lack of professionalism.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Mike500

      It IS an act of war; and one the Administration kept quite about until after the election. How convenient.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Julie

      If you are interested in the REAL story on Iran taking down the drone etc, check out Dr. Keshe foundation🙂

      Iran is ahead in FREE ENERGY and Dr. Keshe has been doing his best to offer it to all governments and all people!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Teddy

      It's not even that – all I see is the "Gulf of Tonkin" all over again. Any excuse to start WWIII.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Brian Hartman

      Of course it was an act of war. The Iranians fired on an American military aircraft. How is that *not* an act of war?

      Whether we respond to it by *declaring* war is another issue entirely.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  90. lolwut

    We need only to sit down with the Iranian mullahs without preconditions so they can be swayed by the irresistible personality of Obama the Sun King! Then they will come to love us, and all of our problems will disappear! Yes we can!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  91. Julie

    This is a load of absolute nonsense and lies! CNN what on earth! and what fools do you take the American people to be?!

    If in doubt about the US drone taken down, peacefully...and with MORE technological know how than even the US, check out IRAN's Nuclear Advances! The US is threatened and 'OUR' oil source is in IRAN, go figure...so what does the US do?

    No idiot believes this article, unless they haven't done their research...sad, sad MIS-information from so called REPORTERS!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  92. Johnny Cage

    Iran, don't poke the bear!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
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