Iran: We Captured US Drone US: No, You Didn't
US says all ScanEagles 'fully accounted for' after Iranian report
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2012 3:05 AM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2012 7:44 AM CST
A Scan Eagle drone launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan.    (AP Photo/US Navy)

(Newser) – Iranian state TV is claiming that the country's Revolutionary Guard captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf—a report the US moved quickly to squash, reports the AP, with a Navy spokesman saying that all US drones are "fully accounted for." The Iranian report quoted the Revolutionary Guard's navy chief as saying that the Iranian forces caught the "intruding" drone, and had the unmanned ScanEagle aircraft in its possession. The US official acknowledged that ScanEagles have been lost at sea in the past, but none recently; other Gulf nations, including the United Arab Emirates, fly ScanEagles in the region, notes the AP.

In 2011, Iran claimed it brought down a CIA spy drone after it entered Iranian airspace from its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan and last month, an Iranian aircraft fired on a US drone in international airspace over the Gulf.

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Dec 4, 2012 1:57 PM CST
American, you are so beautiful(women & men), your land is so beautiful, the creator give you wisdom and everything to enjoy it.Life is better then what you are looking for(death). whatever drones, bombs, rackets,grenades,guns, it pollute the air around the intire globe, sickness of all kinds spread, cancer grow in all colors because in and outside body can not keep the chemical air;,heart problems becomes severe because it can't handle the internal chemical explosions,etc.Truly, lovingly, protect your land and your people. Leave the outside world. Your soldiers out there want to come home.I am a 14 years war victim.
Dec 4, 2012 1:56 PM CST
Said in my best Pink Panther impersonation: There is a bomb in the drone.
Dec 4, 2012 11:36 AM CST
"with a Navy spokesman saying that all US drones are "fully accounted for."" K, but what about the Army? they have drones, what about the Air Force, i'm pretty sure the guys who patrol the skies would have a few drones. What about the CIA, we know they have drones too... just cause the Navy says theirs are accounted for, doesn't mean it wasn't the US's drone... just curious....