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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-09-12 03:04 AM
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Iran fired on U.S. drone over Gulf: Pentagon
Iran fired on U.S. drone over Gulf:
Iran fired on U.S. drone over Gulf: Pentagon
By Phil Stewart and David Alexander

WASHINGTON | Thu Nov 8, 2012 9:01pm EST

(Reuters) - Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed U.S. drone in international airspace last week but did not hit the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday, disclosing details of an unprecedented incident that triggered a formal warning to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

The November 1 intercept was the first time Tehran had fired at an unmanned American aircraft, in a stark reminder of how tensions between the United States and Iran could escalate quickly into violence.

If Iran had hit the drone, as the Pentagon believes it was trying to do, it could have forced American retaliation - with the potential consequences that entails.

According to the timeline provided by the Pentagon, two Iranian SU-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft intercepted the American drone at about 4:50 a.m. EST (0850 GMT) as it conducted a routine, but classified, surveillance mission over Gulf waters about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast


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(Additional reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Peter Cooney)



http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/us-usa-iran-d...

Two things:

1. Anyone think defense cuts will result from the sequester? After our embassy in Egypt was at risk, an attack on our consulate in Behghazi left four dead and Iran supposedly shot down our drone?

2. If we ever end up going to war, or even inflict more pain on the Iranian people, because someone shot down one of our unmanned drones, someone may need to lock me up.




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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-09-12 12:07 PM
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1. The shooting incident could
be a complete fabrication anyway. I do not trust the government at all when it comes to the military. They have a history of false flag incidents that goes way back.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-09-12 08:57 PM
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2. They were saying we may be dragged into Iran war no matter who won this week n/t
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