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reply to post by groingrinder
So it's ok for the Iranians to violate international law, and interfere with operations in international airspace, since they live there? How arrogant.
Son of Will
When, during this encounter, did the Iranians violate international law? And when, during this encounter, did they interfere with any operations?
Your argument here is predicated upon a completely baseless assumption, that the Iranians intended to engage the drone. It could easily have been doing reconnaissance in the region. Even the biased article mentions that the only sign of "aggression" was being within 16 miles of it.
The only thing noteworthy here is that the Americans threatened the Iranians with superior technology. If that is somehow patriotic or masculine or some other low-browed quality, I guess I'll just wish you luck and move on.
reply to post by intrptr
So again, it's just fine for the Iranians to violate international law, since they live there, but it's NOT ok for the international community to conduct anti-piracy, or other missions in international airspace? Got it.
reply to post by buster2010
This was the second time that there was evidence that they were going to attempt to interfere with travel of an aircraft in international airspace. The first was when they attempted to shoot down a Predator. Per international right of passage law, as long as an aircraft is in international airspace, it has the right to be there without interference, as long as it does nothing to harm another country.
Again, I suppose with all that airspace, it was sheer coincidence that two F-4s were heading directly towards a Predator flying in international airspace? They just happened to choose the same stretch of airspace that the Predator was flying in?
reply to post by buster2010
And again, do you seriously think that they're going to send a slow, non-maneuverable, non-stealthy UAV like the Predator into Iranian airspace? If they're going to send anything it's going to be an RQ-170, or one of the ones that they haven't announced yet. Something stealthy, and faster. A Predator is a sitting duck that screams "HERE I AM" as soon as the radar turns on. You don't go into someone's airspace with something like that.
Iran says the drone was in their airspace and had complained to the UN about it.
Iran Urges UN To Warn US Against ‘Illegal Acts’ In Persian Gulf
It is common knowledge that America is sending drones over Iran something we are not allowed to do. What would America do if Iran started flying drones over America?
good point, they do have cameras by the way and are easily outfitted with the spy tech. We escort there for exactly this reason, had he not been there we would have lost the drone.
reply to post by Zaphod58
Uh, we escort our drones near Iranian airspace? That seems to defeat the purpose of the drone IMO. Just outfit the fighters with cameras and sensors. At least those planes can defend themselves. Why risk two pieces of hardware at the same time?
reply to post by princeofpeace
IT DIDNT' EVEN HAPPEN!!!!
I bet you any money that's just propaganda to help push things toward a conflict. How sad.