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Iranian Jets Fired on US Predator Drone

•, by John Glaser
 Two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Air Force Predator drone last week, according to CNN.
The drone was fired upon but not hit, and the Obama administration did not disclose information about the incident, keeping it from the American public just days before the US presidential election.

The Pentagon claims the drone was in international airspace “east of Kuwait” and that it was performing “routine maritime surveillance.”

The claim that the drone was in international airspace cannot be confirmed, but it is dubious considering the difficulty Iran would have of firing on a small drone far from its own territory.

The claim that the unarmed Predator drone was engaged in “routine maritime surveillance” is also very dubious. First of all, just because it was “routine” has no bearing on weather its activity could justly be seen as hostile.