Iran: We have taken control of 7-8 US drones over Syria, extracted intel

“Seven to eight drones that flew constantly over Syria and Iraq were brought under our control and their intel was monitored by us first hand,” claimed Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Guards Air Force on Friday, Feb. 22. To support the claim, the Iranian FARS agency released a three-minute video called ““one of the many proofs in support of General Hajizadeh’s remarks” with footage from several different incidents that show a US MQ-9 Reaper UAV, known also as Predator B, crash-landing after its operator apparently lost control. The Reaper is one of the larges US Air Force armed drones’ it is capable of high altitudes and speed and operated by pilot teams from a ground station in the United States or a regional US command center. The Predator Bs are in service with US forces in war arenas like Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The Iranian clip shows the US drone destroyed on the ground by an airstrike to destroy its intelligence instruments. Some aviation sources date this purported incident to 2016 and report that there were no recurrences since then.

When asked about the Iranian claim, Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Rebecca Rebarich, said: We are aware of the report and we have nothing else to add.”

The Iranian general’s claim was the first time Tehran had reported taking over the command and control of a US UAV. Eight years ago, Iran captured the top-secret US CIA RQ-170 Sentinel, bringing it down almost intact at one of its western bases on Dec. 5, 2011. DEBKAfile revealed at the time that Chinese army cyber engineers were responsible for the Iranian coup. Tehran claimed then to have controlled not just the RQ-170s command and control system but also its channels of communications to the US military satellites which bounced orders from the ground station.

US official sources have never commented on this incident. But there were repercussions. On 2014, Iran showcased Shahed 171 a new drone that was a close replica of the US Sentinel. Another Iranian drone Saeqeh also showed similar features.

On Feb. 10, 2018, Iran fired an armed Shahed 171 UAV into Israel. It flew over the Golan towards Tiberias over Beit Shean, the Gilboa and the Valley of the Springs before being shot down by Israeli fighter jets.
Tehran chose the third week of February to show off its ability to hack into the control systems of US drones for reasons unknown. Using a high-ranking IRGC general for the purpose indicates to DEBKAfile’s military sources that Iran is building up towards a military engagement with American or Israel forces in the Syrian/Iraqi arena and wants both to know that it is in possession of cyber warfare capabilities for fighting back.

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26 thoughts on “Iran: We have taken control of 7-8 US drones over Syria, extracted intel

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 20:14 at 20:14

    Who makes copies is always a loser ..

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 20:21 at 20:21

      “Seven to eight drones” is a sort of finicky statement, in fact there were exactly 7.48 inch to be more precise, which is equivalent to say 190 millimeters of pink silicone vibrating toy with Bluetooth control.
      Never knew until now why it went so much crazy exciting, but I must say it was good, much better than the real tool.
      This is a true Realistic Vibrators made toy, not a Chinese copy, only $74.
      But, with Iranian control it drives you to heavens every single time, does not matter if 78 and widow like me.
      God bless general Hajizadeh, he’s my hero!

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 20:31 at 20:31

    If you have full control. Why is the drone upside down?

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 21:48 at 21:48


    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 22:48 at 22:48

      First time they get bombed by drones (and by the action of this stupid general it will surely happen) their morale goes nuts, they will fear clear blue sky every day all day long.

      “MORALE TROOP. Morale, generally defined, is a state of mind that either encourages or impedes action. … These conditions, in turn, directly relate to the troops’ courage, confidence, discipline, enthusiasm, and willingness to endure the sacrifices and hardships of military duty.”

      Then, an improvement to drone actions would be to mix in the drone attack formation a psycho-drone with powerful speakers imitating the rhythm of Islamic call to prayer, this will really crack their brains.

      • Feb 22, 2019 @ 23:28 at 23:28

        They will think the devil himself is coming after them if they start anything (Iran).

      • Feb 25, 2019 @ 4:02 at 4:02

        You will be bombardman by your weapons before even you think about it IRAN ٫
        You are just a Paper Tiger ?

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 22:18 at 22:18

    Copying someone else’s technology, . . . it’s kind of like being the second person in a file marching thru a poisonous snake’s lair. Dead !!! And that doesn’t even address the hidden technology built in to screw up the copies. Iran, . . . thinks they are the big dog in the fight, . . . they are more like the brown pile of steaming stink left behind when the real dog squats.

    • Feb 23, 2019 @ 13:27 at 13:27

      Everyone in the know understands that either Chinese/Russian tech or both, was used by Iran (due to proximity) to down the sentinel drone. It shows when those countries suddenly release their own ‘copied’ versions. Not being able to think for yourself, or come up with your own ideas, is a weakness and should not be paraded as a positive attribute. Imagine a world of useless people who can’t do anything for themselves except copy the other….wouldn’t that be boring. Guess your moon goddess doesn’t provide creativity, only subservience and fear.

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 22:57 at 22:57

    The US is being hacked to death by all their enemies. That’s the real loser. Yanks pay the R&D and the foes enjoy all the research for free. RO FL MA O

    • Feb 23, 2019 @ 14:35 at 14:35

      Please tell that to ISIS! They need a little moral encouragement.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 0:10 at 0:10

    what is new about that ? someone in USA , brought all the fleet under its control and send directly to the bottom of the sea. Except few that landed in Langley with a half body ripped ;
    That is the news , not some freaky drones from USA command in Negev that all the do is test rocket capabilities on themselves .

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 1:58 at 1:58

    It remains to be seen whether the Iranians are actually preparing to militarily engage western forces in Syria. That’s a stretch. I suppose anything could happen, and usually does. But, not, I think, in this case. Debka is suggesting an extreme-case scenario.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 4:34 at 4:34

    Actually war some time is beneficial to US economy as well as to test some of its capabilities and usually, we found a lot info about the enemy latest technology (in this case, it will be Russia & China’s Technology or copy and past stolen tech).

    • Feb 23, 2019 @ 14:46 at 14:46

      @jesus …..:when breivik comes out of jail,you and that type of fecies will take a shower in auschwitz,et voila the problem is solved

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 9:20 at 9:20

    The mechanics and electronics of a drone are simple enough. Kids fly them around parks. Surely America knew many drones would be captured or shot down and made some effort to thwart the captors attempts to copy it. It’s not the basic links, you can buy that from Amazon. It’s the software that runs it, and that’s easily destroyed when commo is lost. B) If Iran copies it, we can capture their drones. Maybe that was the plan all along.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 10:21 at 10:21

    I really wish one day our boys can take the gloves off and hit the Iranians hard, and where it hurts the most. Maybe in my lifetime I will get to enjoy seeing them turned into a greasy spot in the desert.

    • Feb 26, 2019 @ 17:42 at 17:42

      that’s wasteful and completely unnecessary. regime change only requires a change of tyrant to accomplish the objective.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 13:25 at 13:25

    An EMP blast over Iran to turn out the lights and all machinery would get these Iranian warmongers on the path to withdrawing their troops from foreign lands and stop their reign of terror.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 16:30 at 16:30


  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 21:57 at 21:57

    Now they know how to install the batteries…they’re all good to go.

  • Feb 24, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45

    I wouldn’t think US would be buffoons and just let drones be captured and intelligence retrieved. They have to be aware of Russian/Chinese hackers constantly trying to gain control and pilfer tech for themselves and Iran.
    So a “method to the madness” as the saying goes. Iran boasting bringing down US drones publicity stunt, most likely US testing Russian/Chinese/Iran capabilities with sacrifice drones or setting them up with useless low tech or hidden viruses, etc. Always a game of words, fake news and saber rattling. Usually govt. covert operations not as dumb as they want you to believe.

  • Feb 25, 2019 @ 11:42 at 11:42

    iran tries to exist as power despite it knows well that it is only an underdevlopped country!!!!!

  • Feb 25, 2019 @ 22:07 at 22:07

    This would never have happen if they designed CCC systems to shuffle frequencies; I would have though that the designers would have done that after the first drone was captured by the Iranians.

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 17:39 at 17:39

    “seven to eight”? that sounds about as convincing as “someone told me, that they heard, that, for sure…”.

    in the real world, there are these inconvenient things called “facts”, and you can either have seven or eight. “seven to eight” is bs.

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