Iran Releases Video Seized from ‘Downed U.S. Drone’

Video footage supposedly filmed by a downed U.S. drone has been released by Iran.

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Video footage supposedly filmed by a downed U.S. drone has been released by Iran.

The black and white recording shows aerial views near Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, claims a man identified as Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who narrates a section of the footage.

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Iranian state-run television broadcast the clip on Wednesday evening to promote the country’s advances in drone technology. The report boasted that the nation’s scientists were able to decode the film, which they claim had been taken from an RQ-170 Sentinel drone disabled through electronic interference in eastern Iran in December 2011. The footage was subsequently published on Youtube.

“This aircraft has carried out many operations in the countries around Iran,” says Hajizadeh, the commander of the Iranian airspace division, according to CNN.

“We were able to definitively access the data of the drone, once we brought it down,” he adds. “After we decrypted the data … we realized that this aircraft had made a lot of flights inside regional countries.”

Iran claims to have downed the unmanned surveillance device on Dec. 4, 2011, near Kashmar in the country’s northeast, some 225 km (140 miles) from the Afghan border. U.S. officials acknowledged that a drone was missing at the time and President Barack Obama even asked the Iranian authorities to return it.

“We aren’t able to confirm the authenticity of the video,” a spokesman from the Department of Defense told Fox News. “As you know, we don’t provide details regarding matters of intelligence.”

News organizations have similarly struggled to independently authenticate the film, which at times seems to show the inside of a U.S. military base. Iran has recently claimed advances in drone technology on the back of a number of U.S. and Israeli drones that it says were seized while flying over Iranian territory, reports the Guardian.

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2 comments
smehgol
smehgol like.author.displayName 1 Like

NO MORE WARS! The Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes would disrupt the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid empire. Mutually assured destruction might actually make Mideast peace possible. NO MORE WARS!

RoyAustinSmith
RoyAustinSmith like.author.displayName 1 Like

drinking that brain cell killing bamie commie kool aid.

you are a liar, of course that is nothing unusual when talking about  God';s own people, Israel. The palestines will not stop the rockets. Iran is furnishing the rockets. iran is trying to get some other country stirred up to destroy Israel. that i not going to happen God gave Israel the country and God will take care of Israel. The muslims, one obama and the communist want Israel destroyed, but that will never happen. Damaged but not  destroyed. that bamy juice is rouh on  the brain. it makes a liar out of you. enough and you go insane like the vp biddy.