US UAV Captured by Iran
Iranian allegations affirmed by US officials
The United States government is acknowledging the downing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in eastern Iran after Iran made the claim on Sunday. Iran has responded with the warning that they will not tolerate enemy plane reconnaissance within or outside of their borders.
UAV information and questions
The US acknowledged that a UAV had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan when they lost control of the UAV and it drifted over into Iranian territory. While the US did not say what kind of UAV it was, Iran officials claimed it was a RQ-170 Sentinel; this is a stealth drone which has been used extensively in Afghanistan, most notably in the raid which killed Osama bin Laden. Despite claims by Iran that it was shot down, US officials believe that it crashed due to a technical malfunction. Iran claims that the craft received minor damage when they recovered it.
Iran gave a warning that their reaction to this will not be limited to their borders.
"Given the flagrant violation of our country's borders, the electronic and operational actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces against the enemy planes will not be limited to the country's borders," an Iranian official told FNA.
The drone strike is the latest in a series of political confrontations between Iran and the West since the crackdown on its nuclear program.