Sunday, December 4, 2011

Iran: We Downed A U.S. Spy Drone

The situation with Iran continues to become more and more interesting and involved:

Iran: We Downed A U.S. Spy Drone

The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported Sunday that national military forces have brought down a US Lockheed Martin RQ-170 stealth unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The aircraft sustained "little damage" and is in the possession of the Iranian military, IRNA reported.

Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted an unnamed source as saying the spy drone "was seized by the Iranian armed forces."

Who knows if this real of something ginned up by the Iranian government for whatever purposes they may have. If it is real, then there could be significant implications, as Iran has promised to respond and if this is made up, then we'd have to begin searching for reasons that Iran would gin up such claims.

The source said Iran's response to the drone's violation of its airspace "will not be limited to the country's borders."

Iran Press TV quoted an informed source who said on Sunday that Iran Army's electronic warfare unit successfully targeted the American-built RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft after it crossed into Iranian airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

If confirmed, this suggests the RQ-170 was intercepted by electronic means rather than being shot down. Trimble explained that this "may explain the lack of damage."

Iran military says it shot down U.S. drone in east province

Iran's military has shot down a US reconnaissance drone aircraft in eastern Iran and has threatened to respond to the violation of Iranian airspace, a military source told state television on Sunday.

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 all traded oil leaves the Gulf region through the strategic waterway.

In related news, Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese website al-Intiqad on Sunday posted what they claim to be pictures of Israeli spy devices that IAF aircraft destroyed on Friday after they had been discovered in southern Lebanon.

Also in the Middle East, we see an update on Syria:

Assad Ignores Arab League Ultimatum, 25 more die

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be ignoring an ultimatum by his fellow Arab leaders, and what may have been their final attempt to toss out a life preserver before abandoning him to the fate of his late friend, Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi.

Sunday was the deadline for Syria to agree to a final invitation by the Arab League to sign -- and comply with - an agreement to end government violence against civilian protesters. But by late afternoon local time, Damascus had yet to reply to the Arab League's initiative, extended Saturday to the Syrian foreign ministry.

Meanwhile, at least 25 people died Saturday in clashes between government troops and a growing army of Syrian military defectors who have joined the movement to topple President al-Assad.

In addition to the Arab League, the European Union, Turkey, the United States and Canada have imposed sanctions on Damascus, but to no effect.

Nearly all governments have urged their citizens to leave the country while there are still commercial flights available. All flights between Syria and its Arab neighbors are scheduled to cease by December 15.

The United Nations has estimated that some 4,000 people have died in the violence since the protests began in March. Activists and human rights organizations place the death toll higher, with figures climbing above 4,500 dead. November was the deadliest month so far, with close to 1,000 people killed in clashes, according to activist groups.

Meanwhile, we await the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine to begin, which could be any day now. Then we will await a Syrian attack on Israel, as promised.


Expected Imminently said...

Hello Scott

Don't panic yet! That ‘spy drone’ could be another hapless bird of prey carelessly flying into Iran’s air space. :)

God bless

Robin said...

Russian News Agency, RT . . .says the little spy game Obama was engaging in over Iran might very well start World War III.

Considering Iran is allied with China and Russia . . .it shouldn't come as a surprise. And while I definitely think war with Iran is inevitable, I firmly believe Syria is first up on Obama's hit parade. The USS George H. W. Bush is sitting off Syrian coastal waters, as is the entire Russian Black Sea fleet. The US to pop Syria, the Russians to retaliate against the US or Israel. THAT'S where the hot bed is. I honestly do believe Iran is attempting to create a diversion to stall for time for their pals in Syria.

But an Obama spokesman said it didn't happen . . .that the drone was one lost over water earlier last week. So who knows???

DrNofog said...

On a lighter note [and looking up...]
I've heard this before and it's good, catchy music, and I've sorta heard all the words before but "for some reason" yesterday, I started to actually tune into them.

So then I did a quik search cause I wanted to see the lyrics, and I know us guys aren't sposed to git all mushy, but having all our kids home-birthed... ...well, check this out 4 yerselves:

"You're Here"
- Francesca Battistelli

Alice said...

DrNo, thanks for sharing that! I love that song and the video was great, too! How many home births did you have?

And since we're sharing...

Here's one of my top FAVORITE contemporary Christmas songs:

Can't seem to listen to it without tears just rolling... Thank you Lord God for sending us Your Son!!!

It's so nice to have this little community here to look up with!


Anonymous said...

And here we go again, stocks UP tonite. Current Elliott Wave Counts
suggest that we MAY go over 12,300
ONE MORE TIME, but that would be DJII .......

Yes, i do believe in GEN 12:3....

But I CANNOT go against market action. As LONG as bulls are in control, it will be VERY HARD to
argue with them.....

One would THINK GEN 12:3 would
help BEARS, not bulls.....

Yet, the time is NOT yet.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Anonymous said...

Isn't Merkozy supposed to announce a eurozone plan tomorrow?

Dylan said...

Stephen, God can punish people in ways that are unrelated to the stock market, like natural disasters, wars etc. I'm not accusing you of anything, just saying that the verse doesn't narrow it down to economic punishment only.

Anonymous said...


Of course you are right, and yet,
STOCKS are key in my mind since
the Dow Industrials are a RELIABLE
indicator of social mood.

So in ways, you are not right.

There are two sides to the coin here.

And since the POWERS that be have
alot of interest in keeping
the DOW in the sky....I would
think that ANY enforcement of
GEN 12:3 would involve the NYSE.

We will see.

BTW, stocks are STILL UP tonite in
E trading as I write this....

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Unknown said...

We would never crash a drone to instigate a response... If a Russian drone crashed in New York, we would be pretty ticked off. Our satelites could spot just as much or more than what a drone would see.

Unknown said...

Robin- I agree Syria goes first. The Russians are tired of the US invading their neighbors. I think the last country they invaded was Afghanistan...

Caver said...

Yikers....sitting here just kind of in "shell shock". Guess we all knew the Lord's Word would come true and in a very literal sense. What I could never have seen was the build up and twist-n-turns the journey would take.....especially the path and part the USA would play.

As I watch all the chess pieces fall or maneuver into place...I'm just amazed at the complexity.

So much from so many fronts, but Syria seems to me mind to be the key here. Assad is being maneuvered into a corner like a trapped rat.....he appears to be moved into a corner so he has only one hope....attack Israel. With the options he appears to have, he is placed into a position of having everything to gain by attacking with the assurance of everything to loose if they don't. And there isn't much time left.

Add that to the world economic situation....pretty unstable. I don't think for a second that this combination or synchronization of crisis is an accident.

There are some very evil folk out there.

The verses of

The hearts of many will grow cold


Love of self

come to mind

Anonymous said...

stephen do the tea leafsss and bone castsss also agree with ur wave diviningsss and have you tried the water diviner rodsss yet for wave action and what doessss the ouja board tell you with the water glassss ?????????????????


for ur own sake put ur faith in only God and get right with God and repent from ur rebelion,
this is no joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

HEY, Anon, do you love this game, attacking me >> ??

I think you do.

Have fun

the more you scoff at EWI, the more I believe in it....

Every time u attack me, I feel
EVEN stronger that EWI is the
way to go.....

DO NOT JUDGE ME......Lest u be judged.

JESUS LOVES ME no matter what u

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>