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Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone 219

AmiMoJo writes "The Iranian military says it has captured an unmanned U.S. drone aircraft in its airspace over Gulf waters. The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle — one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans. The U.S. said it was looking into the reports." (The U.S. response so far, also reported by Reuters and others, seems to be "We're not missing any drones.")
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Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone

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  • Re:Drones? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Bios_Hakr ( 68586 ) <> on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @10:49AM (#42178953)

    Combined Air Operations Center. They'll know. One agency monitoring everything including, but not limited to, commercial airliners, military flights, private planes, U(C)AVs, and even (in some cases) model airplanes and rockets.

    Now, as to if the CAOC would tell Reuters anything other than the time of day, that's anyone's guess.

  • by Koreantoast ( 527520 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @11:25AM (#42179425)
    Just to politely point out that the United States is not the only ScanEagle operator in the region. Several coalition nations including Canada, Poland, Australia and the Netherlands operate ScanEagle platforms and could very well be using them in theater to support operations in Afghanistan. Also, this particular type of drone is not as big of a deal; considering it was originally designed to help fishermen find schools of fish, this isn't exactly the pinnacle of drone technology.
  • by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @11:06PM (#42187851)

    It is well known that the audiences of the Daily Show and Colbert Report entertainment shows on the Comedy channel do very well on polls of public knowledge. What is less appreciated is that those two shows have some unexpected competition.

    Pew Research Center - Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources
    Data from table: Education, Age, and Knowledge [] (Near bottom of page.)

    Knowledge / Source

    44% - NPR
    43% - Hardball
    42% - Hannity & Colmes
    36% - Rush Limbaugh

    34% - BBC
    34% - Colbert Report
    33% - NewsHour
    30% - Daily Show
    22% - Daily newspaper
    21% - NBC News
    19% - CNN
    19% - ABC news
    19% - Fox News
    18% - National Average
    17% - Local TV news
    10% - CBS News

    I have to admit to a bit of surprise that the Colbert Report audience outscored the Daily Show audience, but there it is.

    (Queue down mods by the "open minded" for this bit of sacrilege.)

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