… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Here we go again with another “he said, she said”, situation. It is way past time to stop having these endless arguments of which side of the line something was shot down on.

We know the technical capability exists to make a final determination, particularly in an area like the Persian Gulf where we are all expecting such incidents to occur.

We have history of the US being very aggressive on using drones over Iran, with little concern over violations of air space. Iran was left to developing the technology to take control over one of them, land it, and reverse engineer it to have their own flying in about two years, I believe.

I don’t remember any apologies from the US, or sanctions being imposed. It was just another day at the office. The US or Iran making untruthful statements to each other is one thing, but the US making such to the American people, whenever it deems necessary, should be a constitutional issue.

In this particular case, Iran has the record of its warnings, which is standard in these incidents. They knew if they shot it down, the US would claim it was over international waters.

Our Founding Fathers warned that the public having clear knowledge about what its government was doing was the absolute bedrock of the Republic. That concept now lies tattered in shreds, and worse, with little concern from the public.

We need a Congressional investigation on this, pronto. We will know in the next 24 hours if there will ever be one Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … June 21, 2019


Iran has released the first photos of the wreckage of a US spy drone which was shot down early Thursday after intruding into the Iranian airspace.

The IRGC Aerospace Force displayed parts of the doomed drone on Friday noon, refuting earlier claims by the US that the UAE was flying over international waters, and had not violated the Iranian airspace.

Photo of the wreckage of a US spy drone shot down by the IRGC air defense forces on Thursday morning. The debris was displayed on Friday. (Photo by IRIB News Agency)

 

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said Thursday it had shot down the unmanned US aircraft after it breached the country’s airspace.

Iran issued “numerous” warnings before shooting down the aircraft, Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh, the second-in-command of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, said on Friday.

The last warning was issued at 3:55 am, ten minutes before the shoot-down, IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said. He make the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of an exhibition held in Tehran to showcase the drone’s wreckage.

US President Donald Trump initially issued a series of cataclysmic threats, insisting that the RQ-4 Global Hawk was flying over international waters when it was taken down by an Iranian missile.

However, the GPS coordinates released by Iran put the drone eight miles off the country’s coast, inside the 12 nautical miles from the shore, which is Iran’s territorial waters.

Photo of the wreckage of a US spy drone shot down by the IRGC air defense forces on Thursday morning. The debris was displayed on Friday. (Photo by IRIB News Agency)

 

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi earlier told the Swiss envoy that “there are irrefutable evidence about the presence of this drone in Iran’s airspace and even some parts of its wreckage have been retrieved from Iranian territorial waters.”

Swiss ambassador summoned 

The Swiss envoy, whose country represents the US interests in Iran, was later summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry on Friday morning, and received an official note which he said will immediately deliver to the US.

In a meeting with an Iranian foreign ministry official, Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner was asked to tell the US that the Islamic Republic is not after a war with any country, but the Iranian Armed Forces will give a “crushing response to any aggression.”

The Swiss envoy was told that the US will be held accountable for the consequences of such provocative measures.

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will show restraint as long as possible to preserve the security and tranquility of the sensitive region of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

“But if the other side takes a provocative and unconsidered move, they will not hesitate to give a reciprocal response with unpredictable consequences,” the Iranian official noted, saying the response will be detrimental to all parties involved.

In a letter on Thursday, Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi told the United Nations that the international community needs to confront Washington’s destabilizing actions.

“Iran condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this irresponsible and provocative wrongful act by the United States, which entails its international responsibility,” he wrote in a letter addressed to UN chief António Guterres and the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Takht-Ravanchi wrote that Iran had the right to defend its sovereignty according to the world body’s Charter.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. Guys, the U2 wasn’t shot down, it flamed out at about 78k feet,dropped to 60k feet to start the engine and was sprung upon by soviet fighters and forced down, someone only half filled the hydrogen tank up that trickles gas into the engine at high altitude, and ruined Eisenhower’s piece meeting with Khrushchev, someone didn’t want that peace summit to go ahead, CIA/zionist hand, I believe.

  2. NBC is running a video with commentary claiming the drone cost is $110 million.
    Does that sound high / I thought they were about 12 – 15 million.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/iranian-tv-shows-what-it-claims-is-debris-from-the-110m-american-drone-it-shot-down-62446661572
    In the video they say several commercial airplanes were in the vicinity and show a graphic making airplanes about 300 miles across in perspective to the map. Has editing gone mad, or is this bizarre propaganda with no clear agenda ?

    • Maybe 12 – 15 million when is out of factory and turns to 110 million when someone in the DoD pay the bill…. don’t understand how this drone it’s more expensive than a F-35’s…

  3. Agreed, why should a war be started? Well, here’s a reason: Dwight Eisenhower was POTUS when the U-2 incident occurred. He had been the Supreme Allied Commander in the European Theater during WWII. He saw first hand the folly and horror of war. Today Trump occupies the White House; a man who by all accounts, avoided conscription when he was called, an oafish, immature clown full of bluster, capable only of playing to the cameras in his best “reality show” performance. He’s like one of those cops we’ve all seen that should never have been given a badge.

  4. And why a war should be started ?? the U2 was flying in the US sky with Francis Gary Powers singing Sweet Home Alabama from Lynyrd Skynyrd ???
    The U2 was flying over the soviet lands and there had been a violation of air space and they done the right thing shooting down the plane

  5. I got to tell you, think I’m going to be backing the Iranians in this one. Feel bad for the US troops, but it’s an all volunteer force. You signed up to do the dirty work for these criminals.

  6. It sure helps the lies when you have a “free press” that’s been entirely co-opted by corporations with government contracts, oligarchs, and intelligence agencies. We’re not the goods anymore, (if we ever were) and everyone with an IQ greater than “Bush-the lesser’s”, knows it.

  7. If you are carrying a bunch of ducks, and never left your property while hunting, the neighbor has a hard case to prove trespassing.
    It has gone beyond feeding the public lies. It is the arrogant expectation that we simply swallow incredulous and blatantly obvious lies, repeatedly, and continuously. And again, the line of acceptable behavior has been moved toward the ridiculous and unacceptable. Loss of public trust divides the people further from their employees and hardens both sides.
    The entire world agrees. If a drone is outside your bedroom window, it is fair game.

    • Well John, you won’t like this,… but my opinion is anything that can fly needs tracking, because tech has advanced such that anything that flies can be fitted with weapons or cameras and even drop whatever it wants wherever it can fly. Maybe anything on your property below 50 feet would be ok.
      Registering doesn’t seem like a big deal. Capability as a factor will always change response and requirement. You can still ride a horse without a license.