December 11th, 2011
04:29 AM ET

General: Iran won't return U.S. drone it claims to have

Iran will not return an unmanned American drone it says violated its airspace, one of Iran's top generals said Sunday, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

"No nation welcomes other countries' spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin," said Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Armed Forces.

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  1. Janicia

    I got it, saywhat. 😉

    December 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mountain Man

    "Iraq will pay for it's own reconstruction" said Paul Wolfowitz to Congress "persuading" them to do something that they had known for years MUST be done: Invade Iraq. If you know nothing of The Carltle Group supplying oil and Ng to China, you are no doubt scratching your head. Oh if only I were crazy.

    December 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ┴┴∩И╛╛∩Я ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    i think they should make a new drone..
    flesh colored, with a couple ball-shaped fins..

    December 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helpful Hardware Man

      I've got a tool they can use as a model. ha ha ha !

      December 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mountain Man

    Carlyle Group, rather. Bush(es) Major, Clinton, Carlucci, 26 Bn Ladem family, Dick Cheney, James Baker III, etc, etc, etc,. Aall of these men have had pacemakers/heart defibulators installled in their cold-hard hearts. They even want to make you think that Aliens are invading. Unplug.

    December 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mountain Man

    Yeah, that's right. Clinton was a CIA agent recruited by then head of the CIA George HW Bush...along about the time Bush-Zapata was developing Kuwait's oilfields. Oh if only you people here on CNN had a clue. Unplug.

    December 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Mountain Man
    That Iraq invasion was based on greed & personal agenda is no longer a secret. The Carlyle Group, Haliburton, Blackwater, Oil etc. What the invasion left behind is a legacy of death, destruction, corruption & torture.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    As someone who worked in the Defense Industry,I was continuously amazed at the level of decisions made by DOD.
    In the case of unmanned drones,,I guess they either did not care or consider a controller might lose control of drone and have it end up in an enemies hands.If they did there would have been a self destruct package installed in all drones in the event a case like this happened.I am sure Russian and Chinese engineers are curently going over the drone in major detail.

    December 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They must have considered a loss of a drone and decided that it didn't matter.
    I'm amazed that our government would expect the drone's return. That position must be to hide some other planned aspect of deceiving Iran and our own citizens.
    Didn't Obama go to Harvard? I thought he did.
    Our government cannot have stupid people running it, can it?
    No. I'm sure they're very smart.

    December 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |


    December 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I am sure the United States didn't expect it back.

    December 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Portland tony

    These UAVs were rushed into combat without certain fail safe features. There may have been controller initiated self destruction built in. But possibly loss of uplink data was not considered as a self destruct event.. Who knows, but I'll betcha some design engineers are scratching more than their heads over this one.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bugs Ears

    It's a pitty that Cnn doesn't have the guts to actually do an article on Bush/oil/Iraq saga
    Take a look at a doc-u-m-entary called (Independent Intervention) very graphic repercussions of war.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    OK Here's the possibilities, never mind the rumors.
    1. Drone was legitimately lost, loss of connectivity and was programmed to land safely. Obviously too far into the country to send an F-16 to go blow it up.
    2. Drone was "lost" or I would say given and ended up on an Iranian runway?
    3. Most likely – Iran was able to tap into Pred feeds during Iraq war. Rumor of Iran taking over flightpath of UAVs and messing with us (US) a high probability. Iran took over this aircraft and landed it in their country on their runway.

    It did not crash, it do not get shot out of the sky. Its fully intact. what? They reverse engineer. Plenty of Russian, Chinese and nk scientists and tech people in Iran to do it.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. closetiguana

    From what I understand the drone was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Statement from the drone:
    "I was merely hiking near the border of Iran with on old map."

    December 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. marcats

    It is hard to believe that there is no means to destroy the drone remotely. The engineering firm that designed it should be held accountable for this oversight or intentional failure to install. Even computers and cellphones include a wipe feature that can be remotely activated.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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