Iranian airspace

One By Land If None By Sea?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yJywNdJXq0[/youtube]

Iran is claiming once again to have captured a US drone. The YouTube above consists of a boring eleven minutes broadcast by PressTV of Iranian military types doing a poor impression of Vanna White running their hands over what is claimed to be a US ScanEagle drone. If true, this would be the second drone captured by Iran in just over a year. Early last December, Iran first claimed to have shot down and then changed their wording to claiming to have “brought” down a much larger RQ-170 Sentinel drone, prompting the question of whether Iran managed to hack the drone.

There has been considerable additional drone action of late regarding Iran, with Iran firing on a Predator drone in November over the Gulf (perhaps in Iranian airspace, perhaps not). Iran then said later in November that they were reporting the US to the UN for violating Iranian airspace at least 8 times during October, presumably with drones.

Interestingly, it appears that Iran is claiming once again to have hacked this drone. From Fars News Agency:

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that his forces hunted a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated the country’s airspace.

The UAV which had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Persian Gulf general zone in the past few days was caught and brought under control by air defense units and control systems of the IRGC Navy.

We are now in the denial phase of the US response to this incident. The next bit in the Fars News article sets it up:

The IRGC navy commander announced that the haunted [sic] UAV was a ScanEagle drone, adding that “such drones are usually launched from large warships.”

Seizing on this bit, the US has quickly trotted out a US Navy spokesman to say that all ScanEagles are accounted for and none are missing. This same article also suggests that other countries in the region have ScanEagles and posits that Iran may have salvaged a ScanEagle that went down in the Gulf long ago.

[Heh. I missed the Fars typo saying the drone was "haunted" instead of "hunted" on my first several readings. That puts an entirely different spin on the situation...]

Interstingly, at the end,  the AP article does get around to pointing out that the US eventually changed its story on the RQ-170 [and see the update below the fold]: Continue reading

Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @liferstate Good point. But in the meantime our collective pants-peeing will prevent any effort to address climate change.
2mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @maassp I was interested in your comment abt being white male--his tributes are mostly from white men. Bc of the time?
4mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @abc7newsBayArea: JUST IN: Dallas nurse Amber Vinson who contracted Ebola from Thomas Duncan is virus-free. http://t.co/mNDQTT1jd3 http:…
10mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @VincePan1 I don't know that they're actually frightened. I think they're astute manipulators of the media.
11mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @ryanjreilly: Eric Holder is "exasperated" by "selective leaks" in the Darren Wilson case, a DOJ official tells me. #Ferguson
18mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel "The Roman Empire fell because of lead in their pipes," they'll say. "America? That great Empire fell because it scared itself to death."
21mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Increasingly believe when they write epitaph for American Empire they'll say we peed our pants to death.
22mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @pwnallthethings Yes. Bigger question is whether Pen Register on steroid is legal under current law. Or if they want something even more
23mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Gaius_Publius Listen. This is Guinness. I'm not playing. @bmaz
27mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel No, Obama Doesn’t Need Legislation to Fix the Dragnet–Unless the “Fix” Isn’t One https://t.co/kmF08JxVZk
28mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Gaius_Publius Cause they're looking for people like @bmaz to drink it, not girls like me.
31mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Martina Doesn't look like they like women sports tweeters much. Not even Serena, prolly cause she really would kick their ass.
49mreplyretweetfavorite
October 2014
S M T W T F S
« Sep    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031