US officials have acknowledged that the military lost control of one of its stealth drones while it was flying a mission over western Afghanistan.
Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday that Iran's armed forces had shot down the RQ-170, known as the Sentinel, and are now in possession of it.
US officials rejected that claim, saying there were no indications the plane was shot down. In either case, officials said this would be the first Sentinel lost by the US.
Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan looks at the potential implications of losing the high-tech drone.