December 4th, 2012
03:54 AM ET

Iran claims seizure of U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

A unit from Iran's navy has captured a U.S. drone flying over the Persian Gulf, according to Iranian state media reports Tuesday.

The drone, which was collecting data, was captured immediately after entering Iranian airspace, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is cited as saying by the state-run news agency IRNA.

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However, a U.S. defense official, who could not be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media, told CNN that whatever the Iranians claim to have, it is not an actively operating U.S. Navy drone.

"The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space," the source said.

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  1. josh newberry


    December 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  2. Jannani

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Towel Head Detection System

      Warning!!!!!...........Warning!!!!............Warning!!!!!!!.........Towel Head detected!!!!!!!!!!

      December 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Ignorant White-Trash Detection System

        Warning!!!!...........Warning!!!!............Warning!!!!!!...............waste of inbred sperm detected.

        December 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  3. shindlers lisp

    drones are so yesterday

    December 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahahaha

    . . . we are not scaring anyone with the drones anymore !

    December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  5. Hahahahahahahaha

    So THAT's where my RC plane went!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahah

    December 4, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  6. Evergreen

    . . or maybe I like to lie to myself so I can feel better and the drone captured proves that Iran is not a country that can be mess with.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  7. Evergreen

    Maybe the military wanted this drone to be captured as a way of providing fake technology information.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  8. Hahahahahahahaha

    So put a Towel Head in it and try to fly it!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahhaa

    December 4, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
  9. SayanIndia

    The hypersonic D-21 reconnaissance drones even in ā€˜1960sā€™ had the self destruction mode.


    December 4, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  10. SayanIndia

    Drones should have a provision for self-destruction if interrupted in their missions.


    December 4, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • JZG

      Most do, including the RQ-170 that Iran supposedly captured last year.

      December 4, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  11. imposter

    Iran should send the drone back to Washington and drop a load on the Whitehouse.LOL

    December 4, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  12. Amir

    Too late for that, the drone technology is already lost.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
  13. U.S. Navy Vet

    They've obviously got to start building these things with remotely triggered self-destruct 'mechanisms' included so that if they're captured they can be destroyed!

    December 4, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
    • 101deathfromabove

      Yeap self destroy whenever the drone detects an iranian near by and blows the MF to pieces.

      December 4, 2012 at 5:15 am | Reply

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