Iran claims seizure of U.S. drone over Persian Gulf
December 4th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Iran claims seizure of U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

Iran's navy has captured what it says is a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.

However, a U.S. defense official, who could not be named because the official was not authorized to speak to the media, told CNN that whatever the Iranians claim to have, it is not an actively operating U.S. Navy drone.

"The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space," the source said. The internationally recognized territorial limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast.

It is not yet clear whether any other branch of the U.S. military or government might have been operating a drone in the area.

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  1. Benn

    I wonder if it is one of the CIA's ?

    They say you can often see them flying around over the midwest US. Reportedly these are being operated by The Dept of Agriculture.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    If they did capture an UAV, it was an unarmed reconnaissance vehicle normally used to monitor drilling platforms and could have been operated by just about anybody in the region. TV camera and GPS are the normal payload.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    No big deal.The one they got down last year was worrying.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good morning all.
    No big deal.The one they got down last year was worrying.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roma

    Iran has already captured and re-engineered one of your new stealth drones, like a year ago.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hide Behind

    GYHOOYA ISraeli drones out of many areas,particuarly out of Baluchistan, are overflying Iran. The ability to capture is highly important, as it shows Irans cyber warfare capabilitys to be far higher than previously supposed.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    If, just an if, Iran has been able to breach the security of our drones telecommunications networks I do not think it to be beyond reason that the cat will get done playing with the mouse and just kill it.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Most of these surveillance UAV's are just cheap throwaways carrying a TV camera. Much better to lose a drone than an aircraft. They don't carry and countermeasures nor armaments. Many middle eastern countries fly them.....A high school science project is probably more sophisticated. These UAVs should not be confused with the super expensive and high tech "Drones" the US uses for covert activities!

    December 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pudding Pop

    The 1st ten minutes of the movie "The Dicctator" tells it all, regarding Iran technology. Are they sure it was a UAV? Maybe it was some kid's kite, with a Daffy Duck face painted on it.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    I'm just looking forward to seeing drones over America.
    Now that a clear majority of US citizens approve of drones flying over other peoples, when drones fly over our peoples the majority cannot complain without being exposed as hypocrites.
    A clear majority also approve of waterboarding suspected criminals, assassinating suspected criminls, and pre-emptive strategies for combating crime.
    "Ground control to LA-Drone 164...ground control to LA drone 164...suspected crackhouse in South-Central. Lock and load." (newest drones controlled by voice)

    December 5, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    9/11 was NOT an act of war. It was a crime. (otherwise, insurance companies would not have paid 9/11 claims. No insurance covers acts of war)
    Pre-emptive strategies for combating crime. (mentioned above) With the majority of US already approving these strategies for fighting crime, finally we have a way to go-after well known suspected crack dealers, for example.
    Imagine the savings when drones over America destroy suspected crackhouses and gun-down well-known suspected crack dealers rather than spending millions of dollars for court cases and prison costs.
    We're even allowed to dump their corpses in the ocean now! Further savings! (no-cost burial plot)

    December 5, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Online gym

    I don't get it! Is losing a drone a big deal? This is the second drone we've lost. Iran has just got their hands on 20 years of drone technology. My opinion is it's the CIA's drone. Portland Tony I hope your right. I hope there's no good technology in this type of drone. We need to figure out how Iran is doing this.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |