Iranian state television broadcast this image of what it claimed was a U.S. drone captured by a special electronics unit in Iran’s military.
Well, this is awkward. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Thursday that a special Revolutionary Guard “electronic warfare unit” had gained remote control of a U.S. drone and landed it after it had flown more than 100 miles into Iranian airspace. Meanwhile, U.S. officials claimed that the stealth aircraft was on a mission in Afghanistan when it went astray, but The New York Times ran a slightly different story about the drone’s mission. —KA
Pentagon officials have said they are concerned about Iran possibly acquiring information about the technology.
Iranian media said on Thursday that the foreign ministry had summoned the Swiss envoy to express its “strongest protest over the invasion of a US spy drone deep into its airspace”.
[...] A report in The New York Times on Thursday said the “stealth” drone had been part of a US surveillance programme mapping Iran’s suspected nuclear sites.