Obama Confirms Asking Iran for Drone Back

No One Sends Back Spy Gear, Insists Iranian General

After initially declining comment on the matter, President Barack Obama confirmed today at a news conference with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki that the US would really like to have back that RQ-170 Sentinel drone that Iran shot down over Iranian airspace, and that the US “have asked for it back.”

The drone is considered one of the more advanced in the US arsenal, and was captured virtually undamaged by the Iranian military while it was spying on eastern Iran. The loss is expected to allow the technology to reach a number of other countries, with Russia and China both particularly keen on having a look at it.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also confirmed a “formal request” that Iran give them back the drone, while saying that “given Iran’s behavior to date, we do not expect them to comply.”

Nor should they, as Iranian officials were already pretty clear last week about not intending to give it back, and Iranian Gen. Hossein Salami told Iranian media that it was in keeping with a broad international policy and that “no nation welcomes other countries’ spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.