Iran commander backs right to defend territory
A Predator unmanned aerial vehicle is shown returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat mission.
November 9th, 2012
04:50 AM ET

Iran commander backs right to defend territory

Iran defended its right to "confront" incursions into its territory after the Pentagon said two Iranian jets fired on an unmanned U.S. Air Force drone last week.

"The armed forces will respond decisively to any act of transgression," Maj. Gen. Seyed Masoud Jazaeri said Friday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

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  1. Canuck

    It's ok. They missed. Maybe that's why Iran says "no comment".

    November 9, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    They ae lucky this drone was unarmed! HOWEVER, this is just another example of how their "leaders" both political and religious are so stupid!

    November 9, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ancient Texan

    16 miles of shore is NOT their territory. They might not want to persist with this ...

    November 9, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Let's face it, the Iranians are a little nervous about any unidentified aircraft that approaches its airspace. In a normal confrontation, the Iranian air defense would scramble its fighters to investigate what type of aircraft was nearing its airspace, monitor it, possibly communicate with its pilot and just make sure that it was on an observation mission and not a threat. The US would do the same. But an UAV with a "pilot" somewhere in Nevada it would be impossible to determine its weaponry and talking to the pilot would be out of the question! Jesus, with the Israelis threatening to bomb its nuclear sites, who knows what the Iranians are thinking. And quite possibly the Iranians could have splashed the drone in a heartbeat if they chose.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Just asking

    So, if the US does nothing, does this embolden the Iranian Military to fire on any aircraft, even if the aircraft is in international air space? If using this logic, then the US has the right to shoot down any plane it deems a threat. Iran may want to clarify its policies in an expidited manner before other countries start shooting their planes down at will.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |