Pentagon: Iran Fired on US Drone
But the attack failed to hit craft over Persian Gulf
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2012 2:56 PM CST
File photo of a US Predator drone.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, Pool, File)

(Newser) – An Iranian attack aircraft fired at least twice at an unarmed US drone conducting routine surveillance in international airspace over the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon said today. The aircraft missed, and the Predator drone returned to base unharmed. The Nov. 1 shooting is unprecedented, said Pentagon press secretary George Little. The drone was about 16 miles off the Iranian coast when a Russian-made warplane opened fire—the first time an unmanned US aircraft was shot at in international airspace over the Gulf, said Little.

"Our aircraft was never in Iranian air space," said Little. "It was always flying in international air space. The United States has communicated to the Iranians that we will continue to conduct surveillance flights over international waters over the Arabian Gulf, consistent with longstanding practice." Iran has not commented yet on the incident. This is the second incident involving a US drone and Iran. In December 2011, a Sentinel drone equipped with stealth technology was captured in eastern Iran. Tehran claims it brought down the aircraft, but US officials said the drone malfunctioned and had to land.

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davifranci
Nov 9, 2012 12:18 PM CST
hell yes they shot at it . .Barry needs to patch things up with Iran .
Bodyjob
Nov 9, 2012 4:10 AM CST
United States of America is sniffing for trouble and is itching for a fight again! Why can't they stay out of trouble? Haven't they killed and destroyed enough? Who anointed them as guardians of the world anyway? Back off America! Stop being bullies of the world!
BrushMan
Nov 8, 2012 10:46 PM CST
The fighter jet could have had the drone if it had wanted. Think about it.