Sources: Drone Crashed In Iran On CIA Mission

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say a drone that crashed inside Iran over the weekend was one of a fleet of stealth aircraft that have spied on Iran for years from a U.S. air base in Afghanistan.

They say the CIA stealth-version of the RQ-170 unmanned craft was also used to survey Osama bin Laden's compound before the May raid in Pakistan.

According to these officials, the U.S. has built up the air base Shindad, Afghanistan, with an eye to keeping a long-term presence there to launch surveillance missions and even special operations missions into Iran if deemed necessary. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified information.

The officials say that while no specific mission into Iran has been authorized, the military has contingency plans for such clandestine missions.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    The article doesn't say it was shot down, just crashed.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    So, when do we get to see the drones over America?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    I don't think Iran has the know how or technology on their own to bring down an RQ-170. Most likely, either Russia or Red China are in the country with their assets and brought it down for their own benefit.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to Nath
      If Iran does have the technology it is probably stamped "Made in USA."
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      by Jon on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to Nath
      They had previously announced that it had malfunctioned.
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