Mon, Mar 16, 2009
Military Refuses To Confirm Report Of Downing... Or Deny
A report that first surfaced on on
Wired.com's "Danger Room" last week alleges an Iranian drone flying
over Iraq was shot down by an American fighter jet in February.
When asked for confirmation of the report, the US Air Force
Central Command demurred, referring inquiries about the incident to
the Multi-National Force–Iraq, which in turn refused to
comment one way or the other.
"We have nothing for you on that," spokespersons from both the
MNFI and the Pentagon said.
Iran’s deputy defense minister announced just last month
the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) having a range
of more than 600 miles -- theoretically putting every US
installation in Iraq at risk. US officials responded by saying Iran
has a tendency to exaggerate its weapons systems capabilities.
The Washington Times reported UAVs have been under development
in Iran since the early 1990s, including "suicide drones" that
could be used as guided missiles in an offensive against both land-
and sea-based targets.
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