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News Wrap: U.S. Denies Iranian Claim of Seizing American Surveillance Drone

December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT
In other news Tuesday, Iran claims to have captured an American "Scan-eagle" surveillance drone used to collect photographs and videos. Though they said it was seized recently, Iranian state television did not specify where or how. The U.S. Navy responded to say none of its unmanned aerial vehicles are missing.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Iran claimed today it has captured a U.S. surveillance drone. The “ScanEagle” is used to collect photographic and video images.

Iranian state television broadcast video of two military commanders examining the aircraft. They said it was seized — quote — “in the past few days,” but they didn’t specify where or how. In response, the U.S. Navy said none of its unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are missing.

And in Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney raised doubts about Tehran’s statements.

JAY CARNEY, White House: We have no evidence that the Iranian claims you cite are true. I would refer you to the Pentagon’s comments this morning for details about this particular type of UAV, but, again, we have no evidence that the Iranian claims are true.

HARI SREENIVASAN: A year ago, Iran did manage to down a CIA drone that apparently crossed the border from Afghanistan. And, last month, the U.S. military said another drone came under fire by Iran over the Persian Gulf. It was undamaged.

In Afghanistan, a bomb blast has killed two NATO troops in the country’s south. The alliance says the attack happened yesterday. It didn’t provide the nationalities of those killed. So far this year, at least 384 international troops have been killed in Afghanistan. Most of them have been Americans.

In economic news, the U.S. housing market showed more signs of recovery in a new report by the real estate data firm CoreLogic. It said home prices in October were up more than 6 percent compared with last year. That’s the largest gain in more than six years.

Still, the housing news wasn’t enough to boost Wall Street’s spirits. Stocks edged lower again, as budget talks in Washington showed no signs of progress. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 13 points to close at 12,951. The Nasdaq fell five points to close at 2,996.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.