Iran Military Shoots Down US Drone, Threatens Response

Tyler Durden's picture

From PressTV:

A senior Iranian military official says Iran's Army has shot down a remote-controlled reconnaissance drone operated by the US military in the eastern part of the country.


The informed source said on Sunday that Iran Army's electronic warfare unit successfully targeted the American-built RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft after it crossed into Iranian airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.


He added that the US reconnaissance drone has been seized with minimum damage.


The RQ-170 is a stealth unmanned aircraft designed and developed by Lockheed Martin Company.


The US military and the CIA use the drone to launch missile strikes in Afghanistan and in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.


The unnamed Iranian military official further added that “due to the clear border violation, the operational and electronic measures taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces against invading aircraft will not remain limited to the Iran's borders.


The report comes as the United States has beefed up its military presence in and around the Persian Gulf region in recent months in the wake of popular uprising in Bahrain.


The US Department of Defense says Washington is closely monitoring the developments in Bahrain, which is the headquarters of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and holds some 4,200 US service members.

From Reuters:

Iran's military said on Sunday it had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone aircraft in eastern Iran, a military source told state television.


"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted the unnamed source as saying.


"The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the Iranian armed forces."


Iran shot down the drone at a time when it is trying to contain foreign reaction to the storming of the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, shortly after London announced that it would impose sanctions on Iran's central bank in connection with Iran's controversial nuclear enrichment programme.


Britain evacuated its diplomatic staff from Iran and expelled Iranian diplomats in London in retaliation, and several other EU members recalled their ambassadors from Tehran.


The attack dragged Iran's relations with Europe to a long-time low.


Washington and EU countries have been discussing measures to restrict Iran's oil exports since the United Nations nuclear watchdog issued a report in November with what it said was evidence that Tehran had worked on designing an atom bomb.  

And from AP:

Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says the country's armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along its eastern border.


The report says the plane was an RQ170 type drone and is now in the possession of Iran's armed forces. The Fars news agency is close to the powerful Revolutionary Guard.


Iran is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at the development of nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

It appears Iran plans to retaliate:

Iran's response to the downed U.S. drone's violation of its airspace will not be limited to the country's borders, a military source told state television.


"The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders any more," Iran's Arabic language Al Alam television quoted the military source as saying, without giving details.


Iran said in July it had shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over the holy city of Qom, near its Fordu nuclear site.

As a reminder from Stratfor, here is how the US navy was deployed most recently as of Wednesday. Looks like life for the Stennis boys is about to get exciting.

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GeneMarchbanks's picture

And it's over folks.

It's unmanned I believe, so it really shouldn't be that big of a deal. Although the desperation is getting obvious..

Comay Mierda's picture

Nasty false flag coming soon in the USSA, obummer needs to get his approval rating up!

GeneMarchbanks's picture

That doesn't make any sense. Election year, so you'll get what you always get: Smear campaigns, massive fund raising, probably some sort of stealth QE for the sheeples...


Oh regional Indian's picture

He is a single term president Gene, but a life time Czar, don't you see?

The Kabukification of the planet is beyond obscene now. Twisted, strange, phantasmogorical..




Comay Mierda's picture

Makes perfect sense. I can hear it now. "Amerika needs to stay strong in this time of great war. We shouldn't be replacing our leaders as it will show weakness to our iranian enemies. I propose to halt elections until we succeed with our kinetic actions. Remember, I have a peace prize!" - obummer

dwdollar's picture

Expect this to be spun by the MSM as an aggressive move by Iran.

john39's picture

how dare they shoot down a U.S. spy drone trying to do "god's" work... /s

optimator's picture

What next, arrest "Hikers" from the U.S. that just happen to like hiking in Iraq and happen to not have a GPS, and happen to stray over the border into Iran?

wisefool's picture

How about the "opposition" (republican) candidate that pays a less effective tax rate than our patrioitic american single moms?

Obama 2012. Profit from it!

Popo's picture

Is that an actual photo of the type of drone that was downed?

Because throwing a photo up there is deeply irresponsible if it's not what was shot down.

wisefool's picture

+1. It would be interesting if we had the facts regarding the tools of core agression. ... whether foriegn or domestic... not for me ... but for the less sophisticated folks.

Temporalist's picture
How the Drone Warfare Industry Took Over Our Congress Drones play an increasing role in foreign wars, on the border, and in Congress.

November 30, 2011

macholatte's picture


Will this be the first war fought only "After Hours" when the market is closed?

macholatte's picture

If Iran, Russia and China were serious about ending the "USA Imperialist Aggression" all they would need to do is buy the election for Ron Paul.  So I think they are also full of shit and want another war as bad as the banksters so everybody can re-boot into a NWO. Ever get that feeling you're a pawn and you've just been moved to another position on the board? I hear Japan is selling used HazMat suits cheap.    JMHO


Ron Paul: ‘I’d like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade’



It must be nice being President... Obama to jet off to Hawaii for SEVENTEEN DAY Christmas vacation


ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

Our aggression hurts us more than it hurts them. I think they are waiting for us to self destruct.

macholatte's picture


The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country's reputation.

Tough times demand tough and smart minds. But all these dopes have to offer are ramblings that insult the intelligence of all Americans -- no matter if they are Democrats, Republicans or neither of the above. Yet just like any freakshow, this one would be unthinkable without a stage (in this case, the media, strangling itself with all its misunderstood "political correctness" and "objectivity") and an audience (the party base, which this year seems to have suffered a political lobotomy).

A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses,1518,800850,00.html

Things that go bump's picture

The poor crop of ignoramuses and buffoons the republican party is offering up only confirms my conviction that the real power lies elsewhere and for whom we vote no longer matters - the POTUS is just the face it wears and he does as he is told.  The new boss will be the same as the old boss, just as Obama's policies are quite indistinguishable from Bush's and the new Republican President's policies will be indistinguishable from Obama's.  Our government has been coopted by people who are quite unreachable by any vote we cast.  I am done playing their game.  I withhold my consent.

Real Estate Geek's picture

Did you notice that RP was not mentioned ONCE in that screed?

It appears that the author wrote the headline before the article.

Flakmeister's picture

You might want to brush up on your reading skills

Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann has fallen off the wagon, although she's still tolerated as if she's a serious contender. Ron Paul's fan club gets the more excited, the more puzzling his comments get. Jon Huntsman, the only one who occasionally makes some sort of sense, has been relegated to the poll doldrums ever since he showed sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Temporalist's picture

Well of course they can't actually say that he's lied or demagogued or is an ignoramus.  They can only claim that his comments are puzzling but when a bunch of keynesian money printers and elitists are puzzled by one's comments it is the best thing going for you.  Why would they understand not wanting to kill people around the world for peace when they only have their own gain in mind?

Chuck Walla's picture

Hunntsman out Progressives even Mitt.  He is the RINO poster Boy after McCain goes,

LawsofPhysics's picture

The marxist jews that already control Russia were some of the orginal NWO members.  They are some of the most ruthless and vile people to walk the earth and they know full well what is going on in the one world government as they have been part of it for 100+ years.  They will likely facilitate the war in so much as it will bring a much quicker destruction of the U.S.A.  China is the outcast here.  Either way, now things get interesting moving forward for sure.

Michael's picture

Don't worry, their global government was destroyed when we launched the Climategate e-mail attack that destroyed their global carbon tax mechanism.

No global government tax, no global government.

Second volley of Climategate e-mails recently released insures total destruction of their NWO plans.

Check out Climategate 2.0 at Climate Depot and Watts Up With That.

DionysusDevotee's picture

Have you listened to RT?  They're trying their best.  What are they supposed to do, "Hi, Were the communists, and we support Ron Paul, now please stop trying to take over the planet" ? 

Mauibrad's picture

Not much different than Hamas running phonebanks for Obama in 2008 in Gaza and then him paying back Hamas with taxpayer money with one of his first acts in office.

macholatte's picture

Actually there is a big difference (if I understood your comment). RT has a small audience and their programs do not have anything close to the impact of a large amount of cold, hard cash used to buy the MSM. The campaign donations gathered by Hamas were well known before the election and served as a clear slap in the face of the American Sheeple as the Progressives spit on American law.  In order for Iran, China and Russia to buy the election of any candidate, they would need to threaten the MSM with a great deal of money laundered through any number of avenues which is not beyond their capabilities.  The cost is nearly insignificant compared to a military war operation and the result can be much more enriching.  Just look at what the Soros Machine has done to America since they installed a Communist-Muslim as POTUS.


The end justifies the means.

-- Alynski


Libertarian777's picture

The irony is Ron Paul is a bigger threat to the ruling elites in Iran than the current administration.

Remember, while the USA keeps sanctions and military threats against Iran, the Iranian powers that be have a 'we need more power, we need a larger military, we need your civil liberties to protect you from the threat of American invasion'.

When Ron Paul comes to power, and does the complete opposite, starts selling refined gasoline to Iran, helps them build a nuclear reactor (that cannot proliferate nuclear weapons), opens an embassy, Ahmadenijad and Khomeni will have to explain to the people why they cannot have the same liberties.

wisefool's picture

And when Ron Paul gets elected the opposite occurs here. Instead of being oppressed by religious fundementalism as people are in the Islamic world are. Our "liberated" minds will have to start paying for our own sins. Case in point, since single moms pay more taxes than Mitt Romney, and single moms will control this election. Most people dont know that if you are good at dodging child support you get the bounus of dodging taxation. And vica versa. And like Fitch says "It is bizzare how you dont even tax consumption in any meaningful way ...."

He's not a saint and he will not accomplish most of the things he tries. But he would be the best traction possible of getting the globe out of this rut. Ron Paul 2012.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Wake the f*ck up, people.

Zero Hedge is full of diverse but also aware regulars. While we don't agree on all issues all the time, we do tend to see things more accurately than most with the red pill filter assisting us.

The ONLY thing that will harken any sort of significant change in the United States or throw a monkey wrench into the cogs of the machinery marching us on a slow but relentless grind into the assimilated one world borg is if things get painful enough for a majority of the sheeple quickly enough, so they actually take the time to pull their heads out from their asses and do even a modicum of basic, independent research on the whys and whos as to what's turned their little American Dream upside down.

Otherwise, it's all a slow simmer leading to a nice, calm death. No quick boil.

I'll believe real and positive change is afoot when there are tens or hundreds of thousands of protesters marching angrily upon the New York Branch of the Federal Reserve, demanding an end to any private central bank, whatever name it goes by, and a return of the coinage of money to the Congress, as the Constitution mandates.

- Whether Congress screws things up and people over as badly as the private fractional reserve central banksters and those who employ them is another question altogether, but let's get one step done at a time.

wisefool's picture

"It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it"

-- Sent from my tax free I-Pad, to Professor Paul (wanna be, check the likeness) Krugman. Thank you Nancy Pelosi!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I guess we know what happened to those power plants.

CompassionateFascist's picture

The apparent ease with which the Iranians hacked into the computerized controls and literally flew the thing over to Iran is bullish for the resistance in our own coming Civil War. The globalist ZOGsters are probably going to be using drones against us as well.

jonjon831983's picture

So... I have an X-Box 360, if I get X-Box Live Gold Membership am I allowed to fly one of these and go around shooting stuff?


Cuz... that'd be cool... and any qualms about invading another country's sovereignty would be quashed as it would become like a video game.  That's one way to get the ethical dilemmas outta the window.

Floordawg's picture

The posted photo is a RQ-170, RQ-satisfied?

optimator's picture

That latest technology RQ-170 targeting drone (or was it a target drone) is now on its way to China, hope Iran took a few photos for us first!

BigInJapan's picture

See, there is this thing... It's called Google...
Yes, it's the same type.

Hobbleknee's picture

We will never know because the Iranians buried the drone at sea according to American customs.

valley chick's picture

What the heck?

So a reported lost drone but not aware of one shot down?  How crazy does this get?

Was one really shot down or will we never know?

wisefool's picture

I think it is a snark to the typical Ron Paul Poll. (meaning every time the MSM see ron paul anywhere near the top they 404 it)

They did the same thing this week on the ABC program "this week" 5 minutes about Santorum then 15 seconds: Lets talk about ron paul .. Okay,  he will place no lower than 3 in Iowa ... Okay thats enough talk about him ... What about John Huntsman? ..... Oh yes he could be a dark horse like Santorum .... blah blah blah ....

valley chick's picture

Thanks MsCreant...CNN must have pulled it or moved it.

TeamDepends's picture

It was actually one of those new-fangled "imaginary" drones.

I like bubbles's picture

5 seonds of google work





Money Squid's picture

pooopooo, are you so lazy that you can't look up RQ-170 to see pics and determine in two seconds if the right pic is posted? Put down that donut, brush off the powedered sugar and use those chubby fingers to search google and see for yourself.

Mesquite's picture

Give it a rest...

RQ-170 pictures are all over Google..

trav7777's picture

wtf are we doin...smh

all the patriots out there...ask yourselves what the US mentality would be if some other nation were flying a spy aircraft in our airpsace