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    Iran Says It Flew Drone Over US Aircraft Carrier

    This still image made from video broadcast on Iranian state television, Jan. 29, 2016, shows what purports to be drone footage of a U.S. aircraft carrier.
    This still image made from video broadcast on Iranian state television, Jan. 29, 2016, shows what purports to be drone footage of a U.S. aircraft carrier.
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    Iran flew an unarmed drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took "precise" photographs during a naval drill in the Persian Gulf, Iranian state media said.

    Iranian state television and the semiofficial Fars news agency published identical images Friday that both said came from the drone. The images showed an unnamed aircraft carrier.

    The Iranian reports suggested the images were from Friday. But U.S. Navy spokesman Commander Kevin Stephens said an unarmed Iranian drone flew near the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and "directly over'' the USS Harry S. Truman on January 12 as the vessels were sailing in international waters in the Persian Gulf.

    Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, chief of Iran's naval forces, told state TV that the maneuver was a sign of the "bravery, experience and the scientific capabilities of our drone operators."

    If the U.S. timeline is correct, the drone flight took place the same day that Iran seized 10 American sailors whose boats had strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were released the next day.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 30, 2016 2:32 PM
    The lack of response imperiling the safety of US military personnel and a major military asset is disgusting. So was seeing Americans captured by Iran without so much as a shot being fired in their defense. The US proved it is as timid as Britain. What will it take for the most powerful military in history to start defending itself, an act of Congress? We have to get rid of this Kumbaya, Kumbaya President and get one with an actual spine that sticks up for America, indifferent to the consequences for corporate profits or world public opinion. I'll bet if Donald Trump is elected president, the Nobel Prize committee won't try to bribe him with a trophy the way it tried to bribe Barack Obama almost immediately. For the first time in its history, ever since Vietnam, America is afraid of war. Even when it must, it does not fight to win. It doesn't even understand what winning is about anymore. Right now the US could economically cripple its enemies easily and totally. Why doesn't it?

    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    January 30, 2016 2:23 PM
    What's happening with the world's mighty ruler of United States of America?
    Few days ago US reconnaissance plan flying in international space was intentionally harassed by Russian fighter jets and now Iran's military provocatively flew its drones over US aircraft carrier ship sailing in international water. No reaction from US!
    Does America lost the world respect or .....gone for good?
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 31, 2016 9:59 AM
    The real question is has America's military lost respect for its Commander in Chief and have the American people lost respect for their President. I think the answer to both is yes. Turkey showed more guts than the USA and if Russian planes keep flying over it, Turkey will shoot another one down. It seems that's the only way to get aggression to stop, blow it up.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    January 30, 2016 7:43 AM
    This is a superpower failure, shame to the operatives of the aircraft careers that could not detect and act on the drones interference - armed, manned or not. Those photographs taken by the drone and the reports of the drone operators and Iranian drone scientists should lead to the sacking of the entire USA army scientists for this colossal failure. Maybe they were busy hacking into Israeli drones operations that they forgot that they were in true enemy territory - the Persian gulf.

    by: DanoFL from: USA-FL
    January 29, 2016 8:00 PM
    What? Russia and China can read her emails and we can't? Equal Opportunity for women includes the justice system.

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