Iran is protesting US UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) flights over their country at the United Nations, according to this Washington Post article. Considering Iran's flagrant nuclear weapons program violations and activities against the Iraqi government and coalition forces, having UAVs over their country should not be their top concern.
However, the UAVs from the US over Iran sure explains this story from January of this year in Pravda, "Russia and Iran join efforts to struggle against invasion of UFOs".
"Unidentified flying objects continue terrorizing the Eastern hemisphere of planet Earth. No one knows what to do with them, although it is obvious that something has to be done with the problem. Russia and Iran agreed to join efforts to study the mysterious phenomenon. The news may seem to be ridiculous at first sight, but it is actually a rather serious matter: UFOs pose a big threat to Iran in connection with its growing nuclear potential.
The UFO mania has gripped Iran. The Air Force command of Teheran has recently been given an order to down any unknown or suspicious object seen in the air space of Iran. If a UFO appears in the sky above Iran, anti-aircraft systems will most likely down it.
Iranian mass media, meanwhile, are distributing more and more information about extraterrestrial threats to the nation's nuclear objects. The flights of unknown objects in the air space of the country have become much more frequent lately, the Resalat Daily wrote. According to the newspaper, unusual luminous objects were spotted above Busher and Natanza, where nuclear facilities are located. One of the objects exploded in the sky, eyewitnesses said. The Iranian defense department is trying to pacify the anxious population. "We have developed plans to protect nuclear objects from any danger. The Iranian Air Force is on alert and ready to fulfill the duty," General Qarim Gavani stated."
I hope the Iranians didn't pay too much to the Russians for the expertise. It appears from the WaPo story that the UFOs may be US Shadow and Hermes UAVs.
"The latest Iranian protests identified one "alien" unmanned aircraft as a Shadow 200 (RQ-7), which it said crashed 37 miles inside Iran in Ilam Province at sunset on July 4. A second letter said that on Aug. 25 a U.S. Hermes aircraft crashed near Khoram Abad, about 125 miles inside Iran."
It is likely the UAVs may be serving two functions over Iran:
- taking air samples for nuclear particles and photos over Iran's numerous suspected weapon sites
- gathering information on Iranian border crossings into Iraq to assist the terrorist forces to destabilize the country