December 6th, 2011
09:11 AM ET

Drone that crashed in Iran was on CIA recon mission, officials say

A U.S. stealth drone that crashed in Iran last week was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission which involved both the intelligence community and military personnel stationed in Afghanistan, two U.S. officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The officials said they did not believe the mission involved flying the aircraft directly over Iran because the reconnaissance capability of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone would allow it to gather information from inside Iran while remaining on the Afghanistan side of the border. The officials also for the first time confirmed to CNN it was an RQ-170 drone that was lost.

A third U.S. official confirmed that when the drone crashed, the United States briefly considered all potential options for retrieving the aircraft or bombing the wreckage, but those ideas were quickly discarded as impractical. There was also satellite surveillance over the site, which helped confirm the location of the wreckage before the Iranians retrieved it.

 

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  1. s kel

    ALL DRONES ON HERE GO TO IRAN AND PICK UP YOUR TOY YOU FLEW OVER THERE!

    December 7, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    BOMBO........hush its a secret...well was a secret it can be remotely disengaged.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    Well know that have it! Thanks a lot CIA...

    December 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    *they.... sorry its to early for me to be spelling this morning >_<

    December 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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