Iranian Military Jets Fire On U.S. Drone Aircraft Over Persian Gulf
The Pentagon has confirmed a report that two Iranian SU-25 military jets fired on a U.S. drone aircraft while flying over the Persian Gulf last week. The incident happened on Nov 1.
According to the Pentagon, the Iranian military jets fired continuously while the drone aircraft was 15 miles outside of Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.
The drone was not hit while it flew in international airspace said the pentagon. The Sukhoi Su-25 is a Russian made military fire jet, nicknamed Frogfoot, and the type Iran has are significantly older models.
Iranian Maj. Gen. Seyed Masoud Jazaeri said on Friday, "The armed forces will respond decisively to any act of transgression."
U.S. officials said they don't think it is an act of war, but said it certainly steps up tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The Pentagon acknowledged the drone aircraft was on a classified mission.
President Obama said in remarks that he can not allow Iran to dictate U.S. operations and that drone aircraft will continue according to a White House official who asked not to be identified.
The majority of Iran's SU-25 jets were flown from Iraq ahead of Operation Desert Storm in January of 1991 seeking safe haven. Iran appropriated those jets and was able to buy six more in the following years.