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Losing control of U.S. UAV, ISAF confirmed

(Xinhua)

08:37, December 05, 2011

KABUL, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, in a statement on Sunday, confirmed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) missed.

"The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a US unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status," read the statement titled "ISAF Releases Statement on Missing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle".

Iran's media reported on Sunday that the Iranian military has downed a U.S. drone in the eastern part of the country.

Citing an anonymous military source, Iran's Arabic-language al- Alam TV network said a U.S. reconnaissance drone aircraft has been shot down in eastern Iran, bordering western Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the local Fars news agency reported that a RQ-170 U. S. spy drone which had transgressed Iran's eastern borders was detected and downed.

The RQ-170 UAV, has been used for reconnaissance and surveillance by the United States in Afghanistan.

The drone suffered a slight damage and is now at the hands of the Iranian military, Fars report said without mentioning the time of the incident.

Iran's reports of the U.S. drone shot-down came amid the increasing tension between Iran and the West over its controversial nuclear program.

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