CIA Spy Plane Loss Exposes Covert US-Iran Conflict

The loss to Iran of a CIA's surveillance drone with advanced spy technology is more than a propaganda coup and intelligence windfall for the Tehran government.

The plane's capture has peeled back another layer of secrecy from expanding U.S. operations against Iran's nuclear and military programs.

Like the Soviet Union's downing of the American U-2 spy plane during the Cold War, Iran's recovery of the drone has cast a spotlight on part of the U.S.-Iran spycraft.

Experts say the drone probably carried an advanced radar system as well as other specialized sensors, including detectors for monitoring nuclear sites. If those were reverse-engineered by Iran, they could give insights into how to hide its nuclear facilities from U.S. surveillance.


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  • by jack Location: havelock on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Why not build a bomb inside these drones so that if we know they are going down & we could blow them into a million pieces so they are totally useless to anyone?
  • by john Location: rville on Dec 12, 2011 at 02:20 AM
    Way to go again why don't we take our military base them in Iraq and let them come fight America cause before long we will be a third world country with tv ads asking for money and people to adopt our kids maybe that's what it will take before we help our selves
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    If Obama wants to take credit for the murder of Binladen he needs to take credit for this fiasco as well.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    Thats not the plane which was brought down. Not even close.
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      by O B 1 Kenobe on Dec 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to
      These are not the droids you're looking for. Move along.
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