Deny, deny, deny. That is the first step. The next step is divert attention. If attention is not diverted, but emphasized, then this was intentional. The US and the UK have a great steak here. Israel just busted two UK ambassadors alleging a bomb plot.
Israel – UK consulates arrested for selling weapons to HAMAS – why not sell weapons to Hamas? The US actually sent an envoy for it: Imam Rauf
I don’t put it past these two and allies to be lying about this. Iran has no real reason to lie about it, except to embarrass the WEST, which they do well enough without needing to resort to advanced tactics. Really, this is embarrassing, even if the WEST wanted to use this to divert attention from the UK ambassador issue.
U.S. denies Iran shot down drones in Gulf
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon denied on Monday that Iran had shot down any of its drone surveillance aircraft in the Gulf but acknowledged some spy planes had crashed in the past due to mechanical failure.
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Sunday as saying Iran had shot down two unmanned Western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf.
Iran Shoots Down Several Foreign Spy Planes
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian military forces have shot down several spy planes of foreign forces, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Sunday, adding that two of these planes have been shot down over the Persian Gulf.
Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told “Payam Engelab” (Message of the Revolution), an internal publication of the IRGC, that western forces in the region have made limited aggressions against Iran, and “we have, thus far, shot down a large number of their highly advanced spy planes”.
“Two of these planes have been shot down in the Persian Gulf,” Gen. Hajizadeh continued.
The commander said that Iran has shot down many foreign planes, but did not reveal it to the media, “and this is the first time that we reveal this news”.
He declined to mention the exact date and location of the development.
After shooting down these planes the IRGC aerospace unit has copied and produced them in large numbers through reverse engineering, the commander added.
This is the second time Iran announces that it has shot down western aircraft. In January 2007, an Iranian lawmaker told FNA that Iranian military troops have shot down a spy plane of the US army.
Representative of Dasht-e Azadegan at the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh told FNA at the time that the aircraft was a spy drone of the US army and that it had been shot down when trying to cross the borders.
“Americans send such spy drones to the region every now and then,” the lawmaker further pointed out.
Also in May 2010, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi said that Iran’s air-defense units shooed away a US military reconnaissance plane seeking to approach the Iranian Army’s wargame zone in the Strait of Hormuz and Northern Indian Ocean.
“Yesterday a US reconnaissance plane sought to approach our region but it left the area after receiving a prompt warning from the Army’s air-defense (unit),” Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi told reporters on May 11.(http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8910121448)
Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the elite forces’ aerospace unit, did not say when the alleged incidents took place or produce proof that they had happened.
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said there were “no recent reports that would corroborate what the Revolutionary Guard said about unmanned aerial vehicles.”
Another U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the last incident he was aware of involved a drone aircraft crashing in the Gulf in early 2009. Like others before it, the crash was due to mechanical failure and the aircraft landed in international waters, the official said.
“We have had cases in which UAVs have gone down in the Gulf … but I don’t have any indication (of a case) where a UAV has been taken down by hostile fire in the Gulf,” the official said.
After a U.S. military review of past crashes, the official said there were no reports of any UAVs being shot down over the Gulf at any time in the past.
Iran is at odds with major powers over its nuclear activities, which the United States and its allies suspect are aimed at producing a nuclear weapon. Tehran has denied the allegations and said it wants only to generate electricity.
The United States and Israel, Iran’s main foes, have not ruled out military action if diplomacy failed to end the nuclear row.
Iran has dismissed reports of possible U.S. or Israeli plans for a military strike, but said it would respond by attacking U.S. interests and Israel in the event of such an assault.
Analysts say Tehran could retaliate by launching hit-and-run strikes in the Gulf and by closing the Strait of Hormuz. About 40 percent of traded oil leaves the Gulf region through the strategic waterway.
(Additional reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Tehran; Editing by Paul Simao and Christopher Wilson)