US claim Iranian drone aircraft downed in Iraq

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  1. Now running on the BBC website ticker is the (non)?story that the United States downed a drone aircraft over Iraq last month.

    As this story is on the ticker,there's no link available.

    Are the Iranians upping the ante?.
     
  2. Iranian? Doubt it - probably one of ours.
     
  3. why wait a month before reporting it?? that dont ring right, not like the spams at all.
    they would have been trumpeting this all over the networks immediately seeing their need to blame the Iranians for everything over the mess in Iraq.
     
  4. Just hit BBC Online

    Linky

    Apparently it was an Ababil 3, UAV spotter anyone?
     
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ababil

    the event is even mentioned in Wiki, range of 150kms so if it was an Iranian launched UAV it wasn't expected home, in which case it would have been very much a smoking gun left behind, doesn't ring true somehow?
     
  6. msr

    msr LE

    Unless they needed a peek at something and were going to crash it in the desert.

    Or testing the AD capabilities of the septics.
     
  7. fair comment but would they leave something so readily identifiable as Iranian, then again they don't give a rats anyway as the world buries its head in the sand for fear of stirring up a hornets nest from that quarter.
     
  8. It is wiki they could be wrong on the range of the thing.
     
  9. Maybe they couldn't wait for SBAC or the next Expo.
     
  10. There's no mention if it was carrying a payload but the article says that the drone only went 10k in from the border so that's plenty to get it back.


    Wiki says:
    Quite possible there are many reasons to have one flying around. Taking out a village leader that won't play ball comes to mind and then blaming it on the Americans because it came from the sky. There are a lot of things that come to mind.

    It could have also simply been a mistake, however, those kinds of mistakes can start wars.
     
  11. Wiki wrong, surely not :wink:

    enough terrorist groups seem to be using lesser variants in the Iraeli theatre of operations, seems fair to assume that the great unwashed are making this technology available to the rest of the wuckfits
     
  12. Of course it could simply have gone rogue?
     
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  14. I think they (and us) have been remarkably restrained in criticism of Iran for involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For what it's worth, we could have done the Ipod thing to them a few times over. Difference is, as it had no liberal Western audience to play to (as opposed to a few million Iranians shit scared of being stoned to death), it clearly wasn't worth it.
     
  15. or it crashed ... not shot down .... the signal reception round there is crap ....