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Nov-08-2012 16:44printcomments

Iranian Jets Fire on U.S. Drone

Conducting interviews on this topic is the former CIA operative in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and a weekly columnist for WND, Reza Kahlili.

Russian made SU-25 fighter jet
Russian made SU-25 fighter jet
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(WASHINGTON DC) - Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned.

The incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

The drone was in international airspace east of Kuwait, U.S. officials said, adding it was engaged in routine maritime surveillance.

Although the drone was not hit, the Pentagon is concerned.

Two U.S. officials explained the jets were part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps force, which has been more confrontational than regular Iranian military forces.

The Obama administration did not disclose the incident, which occurred just days before the presidential election on November 1, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN.

The officials declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter.

The drone's still and video cameras captured the incident showing two SU-25s approaching the Predator and firing its onboard guns.

The Iranian pilots continued to fire shots that went beneath the Predator but were never successful in hitting it, according to the officials.

U.S. military intelligence analysts are still not sure if the Iranian pilots simply were unable to hit the drone due to lack of combat skill, or whether they deliberately were missing and had no intention of bringing down the drone. But as one of the officials said, "it doesn't matter, they fired on us."

The official confirmed the United States protested the incident but has not heard back from Iran.

Iran has, at times, been confrontational in the region. In January, the U.S. military and coast guard had close encounters with Iranian Navy vessels which approached at high speeds and exhibited provocative behavior.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/08/first-on-cnn-iranian-jets-fire-on-u-s-drone/?hpt=hp_t3

ABOUT YOUR GUEST: Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and author of the award winning book "A Time to Betray" (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).

Source: WN and CNN

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allah November 9, 2012 9:22 am (Pacific time)

Any neocon/zionist stooge that thinks war w/ Iran is a good idea needs to sign up and walk their talk!


Anonymous November 8, 2012 10:07 pm (Pacific time)

Another failure from Obammer. And that after the closed door deal with Iran on their nukes deal. The whole darn world knows we are a weak and petty Nation, led by a jiker and his clowns. That is what Obammer is going to do - NOTHING. No wait, play golf or go on vacation. You take the pick.

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