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'US spy drone crashes in Afghanistan'
Press TV ^ | 12/27/2011

Posted on 12/27/2011 2:06:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Afghan officials say an American reconnaissance drone has crashed in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports.

A Tuesday statement released by NATO confirmed the incident but claimed that the unmanned aircraft made an emergency landing “due to technical malfunction.”

According to locals, US-led forces have cordoned off the site of the incident.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also claimed that members of the militant group shot down the drone in the Ahmadabad district of the province.

The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

Activities by the militants have persisted despite the presence of around 150,000 US-led forces in Afghanistan.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism and eradicating the Taliban militancy but its failure has forced Washington to turn to negotiation with the militants.

The Taliban have steadily stepped up their attacks on the US-led forces, inflicting heavy casualties and damage on them.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; drone; dronecrash; intelligence; nato; oef; uav

1 posted on 12/27/2011 2:06:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Deja vu all over again.


2 posted on 12/27/2011 2:07:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: SeekAndFind

See here for more sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/looks-like-the-us-just-lost-another-drone-this-time-its-in-afghanistan-2011-12


3 posted on 12/27/2011 2:08:01 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

See here for more sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/looks-like-the-us-just-lost-another-drone-this-time-its-in-afghanistan-2011-12


4 posted on 12/27/2011 2:08:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Deja vu all over again, indeed.


5 posted on 12/27/2011 2:11:23 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (VOTE GOP!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.”

As well as at least a dozen flying saucers, three comets, the Moon, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Excellent shots, those troglodytes.


6 posted on 12/27/2011 2:14:44 PM PST by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

Can't be true. VP Biden says that the Taliban are "not necessarily our enemies." I'm sure that we can rest easy that the radical, gun-toting, Koran-thumping Afghanis are not responsible.

7 posted on 12/27/2011 2:19:15 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This story is from the Iranian press.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 2:19:37 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So much for the argument that the Drones are better then human piloted aircraft.


9 posted on 12/27/2011 2:24:09 PM PST by KevinDavis (Radical Islam is a bigger threat than the LDS...)
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To: SeekAndFind

is Zabiullah Mujahid an official spokeman?


10 posted on 12/27/2011 2:25:19 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess north korea wanted a copy too.


11 posted on 12/27/2011 2:27:17 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Um...wouldn’t these drones fly above visual range...and would the Taliban really flash on a RADAR? I don’t think they shot it down.


12 posted on 12/27/2011 2:30:24 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Tallguy

Right. Maybe Obama meant for it to crash in Iran. He can have it shipped UPS. Also, (true story) one-eyed Mullah Omar has been deleted from FBI’s wanted list.


13 posted on 12/27/2011 2:30:31 PM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: SeekAndFind

I have friends taking Apaches to a neighborhood near Omar.

Stand by jazzhats.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 2:35:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nothing to worry about. Joe Biden assured us that the Taliban are not our enemies.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 2:37:19 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: lacrew

Me thinks they aren’t shooting anything down at 50,000 feet. Sounds like we need to rethink our frequency and coding issues.


16 posted on 12/27/2011 2:41:54 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: SeekAndFind

This is becoming a habit.

But it helps give our enemies heads up on secrets I guess.
Besides what another $$$$$$$$$$$$ dead drone to 0.

Obama’s fault!


17 posted on 12/27/2011 2:47:39 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: goseminoles

Wasn’t there a story not too long ago about our drone fleet being infected with a computer virus?


18 posted on 12/27/2011 2:52:42 PM PST by alicewonders ((GO PERRY!))
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To: MarineDad

How many flying carpets..........?


19 posted on 12/27/2011 3:35:48 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: SeekAndFind

Are our drones made in China or what?


20 posted on 12/27/2011 3:38:00 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Kids! Be the first on your block to get the whole collection.”


21 posted on 12/27/2011 4:22:57 PM PST by 762X51
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To: KevinDavis
So much for the argument that the Drones are better then human piloted aircraft.

So you would prefer dead pilots to accompany the downed aircraft?

Drones go places and do things that we wouldn't send manned vehicles to do in the first place.

22 posted on 12/27/2011 4:38:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: KevinDavis

UAVs are much much better than human piloted aircraft for these missions; they can stay aloft for longer periods, at lower altitudes and lower speeds, and are expendible, not to mention cheaper.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 6:32:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: MarineDad

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm? :-)


24 posted on 12/28/2011 6:35:24 AM PST by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tahibeen are our friends /s


25 posted on 12/30/2011 12:37:30 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, "...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: KevinDavis

Yes that claim was used to justify ending the F-22, and trying to end the F-35.

Even here.


26 posted on 12/30/2011 12:40:41 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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