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Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort

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RQ-170 Sentinel drone

Undated photo of an RQ-170 Sentinel drone at the air base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Credit: Liberation, via AFP/Getty Images

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United States’ most hard-to-detect drone into the country to map suspected nuclear sites, according to foreign officials and American experts who have been briefed on the effort.

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