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Iran Implicitly Confirms Attack on US Drone

 Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (February 2011 file photo)
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (February 2011 file photo)
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Iran has confirmed a Pentagon report that two Iranian warplanes fired on an unarmed U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf last week.

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted on the Iranian Students' News Organization website as saying that Iran's armed forces took action against an anonymous plane that entered the country's airspace - countering the Pentagon's contention that the U.S. aircraft was over international waters.  

Iran also vowed to confront any other aircraft that enters its airspace. According to FARS news agency, Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Massoud Jazayeri said Iran would "give a decisive response to any aerial, ground or sea aggression."

US pondering response

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Thursday that the unmanned Predator was outside Iranian waters on a routine classified surveillance mission on November 1 when an Iranian military plane fired at, and missed, the drone.

Little says the United States informed Iran that it is prepared to safeguard its forces and will continue surveillance operations over the Persian Gulf in line with the U.S. commitment to security in the region. He said the U.S. is not ruling out either a military or diplomatic response.

Though the U.S. routinely conducts surveillance missions over to Iran to check on nuclear facilities and other sites, the Pentagon says this is the first time Iran has fired on one of its drones. Iran says it shot down an American unmanned aerial vehicle last year over Iranian territory. U.S. officials say that aircraft landed unintentionally.

The Pentagon usually does not comment on classified missions. Little said the report of the attack on the drone was leaked.

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by: wm musson from: hawaii
November 10, 2012 2:51 AM
America has no right to be flying drones outside the country....more aggression from the self-proclaimed world other country are flying these things around in others airspace......
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by: Anonymous
November 10, 2012 5:35 PM
People of Iran hate the Iranian government. When Nato / The West eventually go in, the people of Iran will overthrow their government. Most Iranians are just waiting... Nobody in the world actually likes the Iranian government, or their ways of thinking.
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by: Shade from: Pensacola
November 10, 2012 4:06 PM
America and the rest of the world has the right and duty to protect them selves from a tyrant bent on nuclear acquisitions. This is like allowing a barbaric child king to have an atom bomb. Anyone ok with that needs the ole head examined.

by: shade from: pensacola
November 09, 2012 11:48 PM
Is it just me or is there a little bulls eye on his fore head? Hmmm target practice anyone?

by: Ronald from: Detroit
November 09, 2012 11:42 PM
A lot of you all seem to live in a fantasy land about our military. Past 4 major conflicts. Vietnam lost, Korean War lost (some claim draw), World War 2 we cheered along with Great Britain, as the Red Army practically won the war by itself, and World War 1 like many other countries we were on the side of the victors. But we were not one of the major victors. Some of you all don't understand who Iran is. This isn't Afghanistan, and this isn't Iraq. A full war with Iran will be 25 times as deadly. An of course Russia will get involved, and declare war on the United States. North Korea get's involved, seeking the chance to hit the United States. An you have world war 3 on your hands, and this time the United States isn't a side-kick or aide relief. No way in hell will the United States go to war with Iran. The economy will be the last thing on our minds. Be prepared for a bloody disgusting war, that you all couldn't imagine. This Iran people, a capable and strong army. With Russia as it's ally. You all really live in a fantasy world about United States military. But Relax, in no way will the United States get into a serious conflict with Iran. That's world war 3 talk

by: Shade from: Pensacola
November 09, 2012 11:39 PM
A proper and effective response must be carefully weighed for maximum effectiveness. To respond with a military strike quickly to a provocation in peace time may be the more popular idea but there may be a better way to fix there proverbial little red wagon. Yes, I personally would love nothing more then to turn the entire Middle East into a glass parking lot. However, when you respond with an attack there are always lives at steak. DO NOT take the loss of an American soldier’s life so lightly. Recently there seems to be a jaded view on this matter and that is worrisome. A military response if any must be carefully planned. These are our brothers, mother, fathers, sons, daughters we are going to send to fight. Before you call for military action I want you to consider your feelings if your own child was one of the people we send in to fight and possibly die. Throttle back your blood lust and let the Pentagon do what it does best, keep us safely in harms way. As Patton said, it’s not our job to die for our country, its our job to make sure the other sob dies for his.

by: Ed the Wood Cutter from: The Woods
November 09, 2012 6:04 PM
Interesting and many uninformed comments. I suspect Iran is more concerned with the internal freedom movement but unwilling to mention that all is well at home. The general tatic is to point to outside influences as the source of all problems,

A very wise person once told me, "Be careful when you poke the bear." Iran still keeps poking. At sometime the bear will awaken.
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by: nooshafarin from: california
November 09, 2012 11:48 PM
Go Iran! Nice job, give a warning to them!

by: Aarti Shah
November 09, 2012 5:28 PM
US is pondering a response? How weak is our president? The appropriate response would be to immediately send a manned F-16 along the same path, get a similar response from Iran but now fire and destroy the Iranian aircrafts. Under Obama we have lost not only our credit rating worldwide but also the power of control by which we could better the world. Iran and N.Korea is toying with the US because Obama has no sauce.
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by: rdstack
November 10, 2012 7:47 AM
I understand how you feel but think about Iran's embarrassment here. It's an unarmed drone... basically a flying target... and they MISSED it. If any of the pilots I worked with in the Air Force had missed that thing... we would have teased them relentlessly for a LONG LONG time. :-) Let them wallow in their humiliation. That's better than giving them another excuse to cause more trouble.
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by: Zona from: usa
November 10, 2012 12:05 AM
That drone was a looser, they missed, because it was not there in the first place.
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by: Zain
November 09, 2012 5:56 PM
Have you considered the fact that the Pentagon might not be completely honest about the location of the drone. Like the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane then tried to cover it up by arguing on the location.

And if indeed it was Iranian territory where the drone was conducting surveillance, it might not be a good idea to send an F-16 into Iranian territory to be engaged by their air defence (SAM). Ease down on your male testosterone supplements.

by: Hamid from: USA
November 09, 2012 5:18 PM
Iran did confirm that they took action against against an anonymous plane. That is an implicit confirmation.

The US supports Israel because it is in our interest to do so. They are our only secure ally in the region.

Nobody wants a war, but once an Iranian-built nuclear device is detonated in a major US city, you'll be screaming about why you were not better protected. Of course, that will be a little too late.
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by: Ray from: USA
November 09, 2012 5:42 PM
If a nuclear device goes off in a major US city, I pity the mideast.
Iran will become a waste land in a matter of minutes.
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by: musawi melake from: -
November 09, 2012 5:31 PM
The aga-old game between the descendents of the two sons of Abraham is getting hot, as Ismail's people are getting stronger by the day, while Isac's people are simply boasting. They shouldn't have chased the servant and her son in the first place!

by: H from: San Pedro Ca
November 09, 2012 5:05 PM
Two Iranian jets fire on an unarmed drone. They miss. Then the drone outmaneuvers the Iranian pilots and flies to safety. Can't say much for the skill level of the Islamo-fascist pilots. Congrats to the drone pilot and his skill just kicked a-- without firing a shot!
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by: nooshafarin from: california
November 09, 2012 11:49 PM
LOL, I laughed when I read this. I guess Americans believe their Propaganda machine 100% by heart, Critican thinking skills=0
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by: Jason
November 09, 2012 5:41 PM
That's a story you can tell your kids at bedtime. Right after you read David v Goliath. Are we really this gullible. The thick fog of propaganda and false stories of heroism make the day in the land of the brave.

You really think fighter planes that can and did take laps around the predator couldn't bring it down if they had chosen to. Heck they could probably slow down to that speed, fly alongside it and shoot it with a BB gun. You must be really gullible if you are unable to read between the propaganda and come to the conclusion this was meant as warning shots and not to awaken a giant by shooting down its plane.

by: blooe from: CT
November 09, 2012 4:40 PM
Good. Iran shouldn't let us bully them into yet another senseless war unless those in power plan on going and risking their OWN lives this time. Stop sending our brothers, sisters, and friends to fight and die for the stupid grudges of the governments. It is senseless and only costing us in lives and in money.

by: Amanpour from: USA
November 09, 2012 2:09 PM
oh... its such fun reading these stupid remarks by Farcical Iranian imposters... you know you shot at our drone... in international air-paths... cowards...!!! i think you should try blame Israel for it... you know... "Israel has made us do it..." or some such pathetic Iranian farce...
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