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The Iranian government announced earlier in the year it has started UAV development

Iran remains a nation closely watched by the United States and the rest of the western world, especially now that the country is developing a more sophisticated unmanned drone program. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned with the progress of Iranian drone development, and there is a growing concern the drone technology could be sold to terrorist groups.

"Countries like Iran are developing their own UAVs and already have a UAV capability," said Gates, speaking in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "That is a concern, because it is one of these areas where -- if they chose to, in Iraq, in Afghanistan -- they could create difficulties for us."

The country began development in February, seeking to manufacture "advanced" UAVs able to conduct surveillance and coordinated strikes.  Furthermore, if the country is successful in developing nuclear weapons, there is a grave concern the drones could one day be used to attack major targets.  

Even so, the U.S. military has an advanced air fleet that should be capable of shooting down the drones according to military analysts.

The U.S. military continually uses UAVs in coordinated airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with the Pakistani military expected to receive UAV technology from the U.S.  Russia also is developing advanced UAVs for future use, with European news reports specifically mentioning their use to prevent attacks from terrorists based in Chechnya.

It's also possible UAVs will be used to patrol the Somali coast to help locate and identify pirates before they are able to hijack commercial vessels. 



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RE: Fixed.
By wiz220 on 4/7/2010 1:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
Actually by your logic it would make perfect sense to attack Iran. You stated that there were "obvious reasons" for invading Iraq. The primary "reason" for invading was the development of WMD, of which we had no clear evidence and the intelligence was poor.

In Iran on the other hand you have hard line religious zealots running a country and we KNOW that they have a nuclear program. Whether you think it is truly for peaceful purposes or weapons, I'll let you decide. But we definitely know the program exists as opposed to the evidence of "they have some aluminum tubes!"

Add that with evidence that Iran is training insurgents and helping the Taliban and you have all the justification necessary for attacking Iran. I'm honestly amazed that Bush never did it. Sorta makes me think that the reasons for going into Iraq were not what the administration said they were.


RE: Fixed.
By retrospooty on 4/7/2010 2:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
"Sorta makes me think that the reasons for going into Iraq were not what the administration said they were."

Absolutly true... But my point is that invading Iran would galvanize the whole Muslim world against us. Iraq didnt, primarily because the whole country hated Sadaam. The people were behind the US... Remember toppleing hte stture, cheering and parades in the streets.

If we invaded Iran, it would be very VERY different. They would see us an an agressor butting in where we dont below. Even the people protesting agains the govt would not be on our side. Other nations would jion in as well, against us. It would literally be an all out holy war insuring new generations of suicide bombers for decades to come.


RE: Fixed.
By retrospooty on 4/7/2010 2:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
damn keyboard. " toppleing hte stture," - toppling the Statue of Sadaam


RE: Fixed.
By gamerk2 on 4/7/2010 2:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Start an un-justified war in Iran, and the entire mid-east would likely get involved. [Oil Embargo anyone?]

Nevermind that we need Turkey and the Saudies to maintain our lines of supply...


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