So, things in the middle east just got even more interesting. Apperently we have now confirmed that Iran is in posession of the wreckage of one of our top of the line super duper classified RQ-170 sentinel drones, or a reasonable fascimile therof. Whether they shot it down, or it just crashed on its own is beside the point, but basically they are now in posession of working samples of our latest miniature jet engine technology, our latest stealth materials and design technology, and likely our latest control hardware, though hopefully that at least they were smart enough to put some sort of self destruct on. the first two are bad enough as it is. This is essentially the gary powers thing all over again, except with less pilots involved, and Iran is small enough we could bl;ow it up and no one would really care. I'm sure the drone is on its way to china by now, but what we have here is a pretext if they want one. it will be interesting to see how the next 2 weeks play out in regards to Iran.
'US army: Iran is in possession of our spy drone'
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS
American army officials concerned that Tehran has US's top-secret unmanned aircraft after it was lost during mission in Afghanistan, Fox News reports; Iranian Revolutionary Guard preparing strike attack, report says.
Iran seems to be in possession of the same RQ-170 drone that the Iranian military said it shot down Sunday, Fox News reported Monday according to American military sources.
US officials failed to say whether or not Iranians shot the unmanned spy plane down, as per Iranian reports.
Iran on Sunday said that its military had downed the drone in an eastern province. Shortly after those Iranian reports, a NATO official said that the drone may have been one that went missing during a mission in Afghanistan the week before.
The Iranian and US reports differ over whether Iran had managed to take down the top-secret spy aircraft, and in what condition the Iranian army found that grounded jet.
The incident comes at a time when Tehran is trying to contain foreign outrage at the storming of the British embassy on Tuesday, after London announced sanctions on Iran's central bank in connection with Iran's nuclear enrichment program.
Iran has announced several times in the past that it shot down US, Israeli or British drones, in incidents that did not provoke high-profile responses.
Also on Monday, British newspaper the Telegraph reported that the Revolutionary Guard was raising its preparedness for war fearing a strike after mounting international pressure, and a number of mysterious explosions that rocked different cities in the country.
Western intelligence officials said that Iran was deploying artillery and guards to key defensive points, as well as arranging "long-range missiles" and "high explosives" fearing a potential attack, according to the Telegraph.