Professor Hisham Ahmed weighed in on the downing of a U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) while flying over Iran last week. The Middle East Politics professor was interviewed by the American edition of the Voice of Russia about whether the United States was in violation of international laws.

Iran claims to have shot down the UAV and has demanded an apology from the United States for invading its airspace. The U.S. has asked Iran to return the stealth aircraft. However, Iran refuses and says it is analyzing the technology of the unmanned aircraft and now is able to control the UAV.

Ahmed says that, regardless of how one feels about Iran or its political system, the US drone did violate the country’s sovereignty and international space, as well as the international law, and could be categorized as an act of aggression.  He adds that the drone’s capture is the latest in a series of caustic incidents contributing to rising tensions between the West, Israel and the U.S.

Date of Mention: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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