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Old 12-08-2011, 07:20 PM
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A senior U.S. official has confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran.

"Yep, that's it," the official told Fox News. "And it's intact."

U.S. officials had been expecting the video to appear. The footage, which shows the aircraft intact, confirms the Iranians have custody of the drone but appears to refute Iranian claims that it shot down the RQ-170 drone.

With early knowledge that the aircraft had likely remained intact, the senior U.S. official also told Fox News that President Obama was presented with three separate options for retrieving or destroying the drone. The president ultimately decided not to proceed with any of the plans because it could have been seen as an act of war, the official told Fox News.

Among the options the U.S. considered were sending in a special-ops team to retrieve the drone; sending in a team to blow up the aircraft; and launching an airstrike to destroy it.

NATO initially said the drone may have been one that was flying a mission over western Afghanistan before operators "lost control" of it. Officials have since acknowledged that the drone was part of a joint CIA-military reconnaissance mission.

One official told Fox News on Thursday that the incident is a huge loss and makes the top-secret helicopter tail lost during the Usama bin Laden raid in Pakistan "look like a pittance." The official said there are real fears the Iranians will share this technology with the Russians and the Chinese, in addition to using it themselves.


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Iranian website says countries asked to send experts in order to closely examine aircraft. 'if American plane more modern than ours, we will without doubt duplicate it, build our own,' says Iranian official
Chinese and Russian military officials requested to send experts to Iran, in order to examine the American drone that crashed in Iranian territory earlier this week, Nasim Online news website reported on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Tehran's intention to display the stealth drone in public "is a testimony to the power of the Iranian regime."

According to Boroujerdi, shooting down the American aircraft sends a clear message to Western states, which "should be aware of Iran's might and not make any mistakes."




"Eentering Iranian airspace without authorization is an illegal invasion, he added, "And it is our legitimate right to rapidly respond to any such attack.

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The committee chairman also noted that shooting down the American drone has stirred a media frenzy around the world, claiming that even China and Russia "were astonished by our great armed forces."

Committee member Hussein Ibrahimi added that "if the American plane is more modern than those used by Iran, we will without doubt duplicate it and build one of our own."

The RQ-170 Sentinel, a high-altitude stealth drone known as the Beast of Kandahar, went down in Iran while on a surveillance mission. Iran said it shot the drone down, but the US maintained it crashed due to a malfunction

Earlier, it was reported that The US considered sending in covert missions to Iran to recover or destroy a drone that crashed in the country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials considered sending in a commando team to recover the drone, sending in a team to blow it up or destroying the wreckage with an air strike.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned a delegate form the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to officially protest the breach of Iranian airspace, Iran's state TV reported.

The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents the US in Iran, since its own embassy in Tehran closed.
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That drone is so obviously alien technology!
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NATO initially said the drone may have been one that was flying a mission over western Afghanistan before operators "lost control" of it.
Sounds like it developed a technical glitch and strayed into Iranian airspace to crash, no biggie IMHO.

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Iranians will share this technology with the Russians and the Chinese, in addition to using it themselves.
It strayed on crashed after losing functionality then, if it had been "shot" there wouldn't be much left of the wreck to look at anyway, since a drone has a pretty small surface area.
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