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IRGC Commander Says Iran Refrained From Shooting Down Second U.S. Plane

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IRGC Commander Says Iran Refrained From Shooting Down Second U.S. Plane

P-8 Poseidon

Iran refrained from shooting down a manned U.S. Navy plane that was accompanying the downed RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf, Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) aerospace division, revealed on June 21.

“With the U.S. drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not,” the Iranian Tasnim news agency quoted Brig. Gen. Hajizadeh as saying.

Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon, which was first introduced in 2013, is equipped with an array of signal intelligence (SIGINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and electronic warfare (EW) systems.

The IRGC’s aerospace division used the locally-made Khordad-3 air-defense system armed with Sayyad-2C missiles to shot down the RQ-4A. While the Khordad-3 system is designed after the Soviet Buk missile system, the Sayyad-2C is actually an Iranian copy of the US-made RIM-66 Standard missile.

The Iranian air-defense system is well-capable of shooting down planes like the P-8, that is incapable of maneuvering and has a service ceiling of 12km only. Brig. Gen. Hajizadeh’s statement is a clear warning to the U.S, which is reportedly still considering a “limited attack” on Iran.

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  • Brother Thomas

    I get the feeling the US is in for a few surprises if they attack Iran

    • Normal Person

      I also get the feeling some nations are eager for the US to fire the first shot. These US-denominated rival nations are not the only ones looking for an excuse to show the world that the US is not the power it once was, allies alike are keen to see the US collapse.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Any boss who bullies their staff is disliked and when the bully boss has problems all his staff snigger. :)

    • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

      US Military has lots more surprises for Iran! :-]

      • Vas

        Hey immigrant murican bob, you better stay on your side of the planet, no one told you to travel thousands of km in a space that has nothing to do with you and act as policeman.
        Ok Mr immigrant?

      • Eezy Green

        Congratulations. A redneck trailer trash completing a sentence.

    • Matz Mitz

      No surprises at all, Iran is bs country thanks to khameni. I mean look at their Air Force what a joke

      • FlorianGeyer

        Tell that to the Poseidon crew that shit their pants when the stealth drone closeby was destroyed by Iranian air defence :)

        The sench was apparent thousands of miles away. Its all the US junk food I suppose.

        • Selbstdenker

          I guess since they were doing their Sigint jobs they were scared as soon as they discovered, that an AD system hat locked on. When they discovered the missile launch I guess the first let some pee. I cannot imagine what they went through after the rocket hit the drone. It’s like waiting on death row…

      • PZIVJ

        Iran does not need a large and expensive air force.
        It has large missile force that can overwhelm air defense systems, also is strong in surface to air systems.

    • Sinbad2

      I think, I hope the US realizes that attacking and destroying Iran would result in the destruction of the USA.
      Part of me wants the US to attack, just so the American terror would end.
      But all the innocent Iranians that would be killed makes me hope there is still one or two sane people left in the US Government.

      • FlorianGeyer

        The EU countries will be amongst the first to dance on the US regime grave :)

        • occupybacon

          Or rather Russians will dance on Putin’s grave

          • FlorianGeyer

            I somewhat doubt that, as the majority of Russians lived through the dire living conditions of the 90’s under the imposition of Corporate American ‘Democratic Values’.

            Many did not survive the 90’s due to hunger and the collapse of free state healthcare.

            The US now has sights on the Free Universal Healthcare to all, in the UK.

          • occupybacon

            Why did the Soviets surrender their High life and Free healthcare to Americans in ’90?

          • FlorianGeyer

            My personal knowledge of many citizens of post Soviet Block States and Russia whom I had face to face contact with, was that most were seduced by Hollywood style portrayals of Life in the West. Western propaganda and even advertising is rather disingenuous , and most of us realise this. Soviet citizens often did not.

            During the chaos of the 90’s within those countries the reality was seldom the American Dream, but even harder conditions than the last years of the Soviet Union. Engineering factories of all kinds and the once equal US/Soviet arms exports manufacturing plants were closed down due to US intervention and the subsequent fire sale of these government factories to Russian Zionist Front Men for US/UK merchant banks. The US intent being to take the lions share of Russian oil and gas revenues and destroying the Russian ability to independent trade everywhere else.

            Employment collapsed as a consequence , with all the social upheaval that entails. It was only the appointment of Putin that averted a complete disaster in Russia. Akin to the economic disaster we now see in Ukraine after the five billion dollars spent in ten years by the US ( As quoted by Victoria Nuland on TV news) to ferment the illegal coup there.

            Its rather like thinking that the US is all milk and honey and emigrating to Detroit these days. Today many in the ex Soviet block, now within NATO are only able to find work to support their families by working abroad. This is not what they dreamed.

          • occupybacon

            All the 3 countries from the ex-Soviet block, that are in NATO now, have a life standard superior to Russians.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Please show me your evidence.

          • occupybacon

            I replied your statement: “Today many in the ex Soviet block, now within NATO are only able to find work to support their families by working abroad.” Show me your prove first, mine is simple, it’s just one google search away.

          • FlorianGeyer

            It is a fact that the US is a very wealthy nation that has spent trillions of dollars on killing people abroad in this century alone. The US also has control over the majority of international trade settlements due to the US exclusively benefiting from the Toll Booth of the Worlds Reserve Currency. The US is not sanctioned by other nations, but the US uses sanctions as a weapon or war constantly and even places tarrifs on her vassals.

            There should be NO deprived areas in the USA, yet there are many and the US incarcerates the greatest number of her citizens in percentage terms than any other country in the world. Being poor in the US is a de facto death sentence, yet the utter decline of all too many towns in the US is ignored by the US Elite.

            https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-current-poverty-rate-united-states
            https://www.rt.com/business/460441-keiser-report-american-dream/

            https://www.rt.com/news/462211-millennials-suicide-gen-z-economy/

            https://www.rt.com/usa/423449-alabama-waste-train-nyc/

          • occupybacon

            Thank you for sharing your worries about the poor Americans with me, now that you opened my eyes I don’t want to visit NY anymore.

          • skinner15

            They won’t give you a visa neither.

            They need suckers like you to fight for Ukraine, and President Zelensky.

            Slava Ukraine, Slava Pres Zelensky, successor to his brother, Porkandonions.

          • occupybacon

            I work for a US company, they invited me this summer to meet with the team but I won’t visit NY this year. My country doesn’t need Visa for US. And even if it was the case, my boss would had provide assistance with the embassy.

          • skinner15

            Don’t be silly, the janitor post is what the team were offering you.

            US troops need people like you to clean up after them.

          • occupybacon

            They are not offering me a new post or rise or anything like that, it’s just some company internal celebration, also I’m not so important to consider janitors or dustmen inferior people, no point for you, try harder.

          • skinner15

            A janitors job is something to die for, in Lviv. lol

          • occupybacon

            But you would never do that

          • skinner15

            Go to Lviv and die!

            Of course not. Full of Nazis, and Zelensky fans. lol

          • occupybacon

            ..

          • FlorianGeyer

            Lol. Try walking around Detroit, that only a generation ago was a vibrant and prosperous city.
            Oh, if you take a walk there, wear a stab proof vest. I would hate to see you as a mere statistic :)

          • skinner15

            All the Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians have emigrated to Western Europe.

            The only young people left, are foreign soldiers and Lapdancers.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Yes, that’s true.

          • skinner15

            Occupybacon is more than likely from Lviv, spitting fire that he didn’t get his EU visa for shooting Ukrainians during Maidan.

          • FlorianGeyer

            If he does live in the US, I suspect he has lost his proper glasses and only has his Merika First rose tinted ones from a posh boutique.

          • skinner15

            More chance that Zelensky would give an amnesty to Donbass while eating a bacon sandwich, than Norm getting a visa to the US.

            He might get a visa to go to Poland.

      • Brother Thomas

        I sincerely hope they don’t. It would be an unmitigated disaster with wide-ranging unforeseen geopolitical consequences. I am no fan of empire or hegemony of any sort, but who knows what will follow in the immediate wake of a sudden collapse.

        Bolton should be fired, if not locked up in a nut-house. Trump needs to listen to his inner “no foreign war/ no NATO” voice. The US needs to immediately de-escalate and stand down in the Persian Gulf.

  • Shy Talk

    the P8 must be where the US video came from

    • J Ramirez

      Funny how the Iranian video quality is always better than the US :}

    • FlorianGeyer

      Good point. I did wonder about that.

  • 1691

    Ha ha ha! 35 Americans were sent as sitting ducks to fly over Iran after the drone and the Iranians did not shoot them but the drone. Is this why Trump calls it “very big mistake”, “no dead people”. They expected the Iranians to shoot at the plane so that the war can finally start. Shame Iran! How can you disappoint them?! SARCASM!!! You outsmarted them, the exceptional again. My respect! And may God protect you!

    • iosongasingsing

      The Jews have failed, their current tribal leader, Netanyahu, will not make eretz israel.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Yes, and not even ersatz coffee either.

      • Ashok Varma

        Only fans of endless conflicts and bloodshed are the US Zionist lobby, arms peddlers, Israel, the Emirates and Saudis. This will have severe long term consequences for them as Iran is rising.

    • Ashok Varma

      America is looking very silly and has no credibility left. This just makes the Iranians, Russians and Chinese look very sober and mature. Who can take America seriously?

    • Justin

      dude, while youre saying “ha ha ha” my fear is that soonu will be saying “death to america” because u may hear news of DEVASTATING attacks on iran!

      therefore “ha ha ha” becomes “cry cry cry”

      u should refrain rom sh emotional outbursts because i think u know where this ends up if it goes to war! Russia will NOT be helping Iran because Russia greatly benefits from such a war !

      • 1691

        Honey, you missed the train. I put “sarcasm” in caps. And I shall not be the one screaming “death ” to anyone. It’s not up to me or to you. The-Power-that-Is is taking care and bringing in justice, It already made mad those that It wants to destroy.
        You are puling the rag in a game of patriotism but don’t blame me. Liberate yourself from the zio mafia. Stop being its mercs.
        Will a devastating attack on Iran benefit the americans? Not a chance but hey, it will be bloody good for the zio mafia, don’t you think?What does Russia have to do with a “devastating attack” on Iran? Russia is winning and from what we see Russia has not been involved in this.Russia does not win by “devastating attacks”, haven’t you noticed?

  • Normal Person

    The US designated the Iran administration as a terrorist entity, Iran has done the same with the US of Trump. The same would have happened the other way around. US has no business in a already tense situation. Taking into account that the US is always trying to create problems to insert themselves in the solution through the “Human Rights” umbrella. They knew what they were doing, that was the reason of the “Big Mistake” tweet, he sent the P8 with 30 onboard as a bait (remember that is the red line a single death would cause the death of thousand maybe millions), why else would they be in the Strait of Hormuz stirring the pot? What if Iran started flying attack-capable drones (it was an RQ) near the Alaskan border using Russia’s Airspace? What would have happened? Would the US let the drone come closer to de if it’s armed? Stop the hypocrisy, let’s use common sense.

  • Rob

    If it was Iranian signal and Intel plan with so many officisls and have entered in US aerospace, so Iran knows that what US would do with that plan.

    Its crazy, still Iranian officials don’t understand that why they let them go. Next time Iran should not do this type of mistake.

  • JustPassingThrough

    the ignorance of the u.s. is quite unbelievable.

    • 1691

      Ignorance + arrogance if you don’t mind.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Hubris is the end of all arrogant powers.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Exceptional in fact:)

    • Zionism = EVIL

      and cowardice and hot air. Iranian defences are strong and would have shot down most of the Americunt planes.

  • frankly

    The concept of restraint, so clearly absent with flight 655. The concept of responsibility, not even in the dictionary of the zio-empire.

    Our memories are short, other cultures don’t forget so easily.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-44614512/when-the-us-shot-down-an-iranian-airliner

    One could make the case that we owe them one!

  • RichardD

    It would have been impossible to cover up a shot down P8 with 35 dead that came down in Iranian territorial waters like the drone evidently did. But if the US starts killing Iranians with airstrikes on Iran. There’s a plethora of similar targets that Iran can, and in all likelihood will, hit in proportional retaliation.

    • PZIVJ

      P-8 crew size is 9.
      When I saw 35 in the article, knew that could not be correct. :)

      • RichardD

        It’s a derivative of a 737. Look at the Wikipedia article on it. 8 would be a skeleton crew.

        • skinner15

          He insists only 8 can fit into an aircraft that has capacity for 180-300 seats in the civilian version.
          He posts pictures that his handlers give him, showing the details his handlers want us to believe.

          Panzer4Jutland is a troll, who likes brisket.

    • paul ( original )

      I don’t usually visit Press but I did recently because of this event. In an interview it was said very clearly that any Iranian response would not be proportionate. The point being that any attack would be met with a maximal response. Well that is what was said in the interview, which was with someone who is supposedly close to official sources.

    • FlorianGeyer

      ” There’s a plethora of similar targets that Iran can, and in all likelihood will, hit in proportional retaliation.”

      An IED campaign against all US assets in Iraq would be useful’
      It worked before and would work again.

      • RichardD

        I’m sure that it’s on the to do list. Losing some of that exceptional US high tech equipment, like just happened, would also get the point across.

  • frankly

    The concept of restraint, so clearly absent with flight 655. The concept of responsibility, not even in the dictionary of the zio-empire.

    Our memories are short, other cultures don’t forget so easily.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-44614512/when-the-us-shot-down-an-iranian-airliner

    • Sinbad2

      “Just what the hell are all these trillions buying”

      They are buying Larry Fink more money than you can possibly imagine.

  • PZIVJ

    35 on board a P-8?
    Normal crew size is 9, unless they brought along friends and family. :)

    • FlorianGeyer

      Or a Hollywood special effects film crew :)

      • Jakke1899

        Or Syrian white helmets… :-)))

        • FlorianGeyer

          Indeed, the UK created White Helmets are a good choice , Jakke, as they already have an Oscar for infantile fakery.

    • skinner15

      Are you calling the IRGC liars, or is it your normal course to believe the US denials?

  • Tudor Miron

    Face saving attempt. Very poor one I must say.

  • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

    Very thankful Iran came to their senses and decided not to shoot down our P8! The USAF retaliation would be extreme. MOAB’s would devastate IRGC targets all across the Middle East!

    • iosongasingsing

      The Iranians are not the Jews that in 1967 hit the USS Liberty killing 34 US sailors, the worst enemy of the US is Israel dominating them, but the Americans are too deficient to understand it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f309461bcc59a0d329067f960bd9049be1e5d47247381c89ab434aed6c4f00e.jpg

      • Ashok Varma

        Iranians are good decent people and have acted with great restraint, maturity and resolve against endless US provocations goaded on by Israel, Saudis and Emiraties. It is time US emulate Iran’s calm approach and start building bridges. Iran is not an easy target as recent events have proved.

    • Sinbad2

      The US is scared, you can smell the fear, Trump waffling on about saving Iranian lives is just BS.

    • AJ

      Yeah and S300s would take out quite a few of those planes!

  • Nucu

    what if the drone was a trap for the EW airplane to monitor AD response, radar locations, frequency of aquisition radars, etc…?

    • Sinbad2

      If they were trying to set a trap, they would have sent in something cheap.

      • occupybacon

        Or big enough to be sure the missile doesn’t hit the plane instead of drone.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Iran surveillance system can scan quality footage.

  • iosongasingsing

    Iran is not Israel, it has saved 35 lives, this time. The Jewish attack on the USS Liberty caused 34 deaths among US sailors, + 3000 civilians at the twin towers. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Americans have more deaths at the hands of Zion than the rest of the world, but since they are idiots they go on like this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/016b36081531e6be8f2a23c5d25fb31c994331ecd78472cd14e766dcd7a5268f.jpg

  • frankly

    This idea that the US can just go wherever, stage a false flag and then retaliate based on big lies is officially obsolete. Starting a world war for profit and consolidation of resources is evil. The agenda is no different than the Nazi’s followed. World domination, racist genocide. Only now with computers we got super charged propaganda and creative chemical/biological,/neurological weapons everywhere.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    i am wondering if the drone was transmitting info to the P-8? i hope they didnt get any valuable intel

    • occupybacon

      It did: ‘We are fu’ *signal lost*

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        LOL!!!

  • Sinbad2

    This will be payback for the US attacking tankers and trying to blame Iran for it.
    If the Iranians had backed down, the US would just keep escalating.
    Violence is the only thing the USA understands, the US called off its attack on Iran, because they know Iran would then attack one of the many American targets in the region.

    • PZIVJ

      Orange clown should be concerned. Iran has no reason to back down, it is already under heavy sanctions. Area will destabilize if an Iran counter strike hits bases in UAE, etc.

  • Matz Mitz

    Can’t wait to see Khameni hanged for public amusement for all his crime and terrorism

    • Sinbad2

      Well if you can’t wait, why not play on the railway line?

  • PK

    Iran should have shot it down like NK did in 1969. NK shot down the US spy plane, EC-121 in 1969 killing everyone on board (31 people). US spy planes have seldom come close to Korean border since then.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_EC-121_shootdown_incident

    • Eezy Green

      The Americunts (mistakenly LOL) shot down on 3 July 1988 by an SM-2MR surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. The aircraft, an Airbus A300, was destroyed and all 290 people on board, including 66 children, were killed.
      Iran had every right to shoot the spy plane down.

  • Gabriel

    I don’t know why some people analyze things from a very warp and narrow perspective. If you know the power the US posses, you will understand why they exercise so much restraint. The side that refuse to retaliate is not necessarily weak. If the use of nuclear power is not policed, you all will not have a world to live in 5yrs time.

  • frankly

    This idea that the US can just go wherever, stage a false flag and then retaliate based on big lies is officially obsolete. Starting a world war for profit and consolidation of resources is evil. The agenda is no different than the Nazi’s followed. World domination, racist genocide. Only now with computers we got super charged propaganda and creative chemical/biological,/neurological weapons everywhere.

  • PK

    NK and Iran have been conducting joint research and development and sharing technologies for a long time. Keep in mind that Iran has about 50 submarines. Iranian subs are stalking a US carrier or two? NK subs are already patrolling US coasts and NK can annihilate and erase US off the map. Considering NK and Iran relationship, any doubt what Iran is capable of? Here are videos of NK launching SLBM (Bukguksung-2) and ICBM (Hwasung-16, has a range more than 10000 km and cover the entire US continent) and rocket engine test. Coincidentally both NK and Iran have enormous uranium reserves-Iran has nukes? What if Iran wipes out US fleet there? A lot of questions could be answered if US makes a mistake there. End of US?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOBU0QwZtE0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EypIIkg7gx8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFp2-lVZUqE