US Jets Shoo Away Iran Plane Chasing Drone

Pentagon says craft was in international airspace
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2013 5:18 PM CDT
US Jets Shoo Away Iran Plane Chasing Drone
This 2011 file photo shows a Predator B unmanned aircraft landing in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US and Iranian fighter pilots have had another close encounter. The Pentagon says an Iranian jet began following an unmanned surveillance drone in international airspace earlier this week, reports the Wall Street Journal. It didn't break off pursuit until two US jets approached within two miles of the Iranian craft and warned it away. CNN says the incident took place over Oman. Last November, Iran jets fired at a US drone and missed, and in 2011, Iran captured a US spy drone that crashed. (Read more Iran stories.)

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