December 6, 2011
The stealth drone that Iran says it shot down last week was involved in a CIA fact finding mission involving the Agency and US military forces in Afghanistan.
CNN spoke to two US officials who said they didn’t believe the drone was flying in Iranian airspace because the RQ-170 is capable of drawing intel outside the country’s borders.
This is the first time US officials have conceded the lost drone was, in fact, an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel.
After the drone’s crash officials looked at all options for retrieving or bombing the wreckage, but all were rejected as “impractical.”
While officials still refute the Iranian claims that they took the drone down electronically, Tehran did receive this mobile Russian jamming device six-weeks prior to the incident.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8:10 am