Drone capture shows US can’t face Iran: IRGC cmdr.
Tue Dec 4, 2012 4:33PM
Had the US been imposed sanctions this way, it could have collapsed within a day, said Salami.Earlier in the day, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced the capture of the drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into Iran’s airspace. The ScanEagle drone, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan, is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing. A report on the website of the Wall Street Journal on Sunday cited US officials as saying that Washington has stepped up its spying operations on Bushehr nuclear plant in southern Iran “over the past two months.” A year ago, the Iranian military also grounded a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft while it was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border. Last month, Iran repelled a US drone that had entered the country’s airspace above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf. KA/SS/IS