United States shoots down Iranian drone in Syria, reported Fox News on Tuesday.
A U.S. jet shot down an Iranian drone flying in southern Syria near U.S.-backed forces on Tuesday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News.
US fighter jets have shot down an Iran-made Syrian drone after it came within firing range of US troops, US reports claim.
Officials told CNN that an American F-15E fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made drone that was “assessed to be a threat” – thought to be armed and in firing range of US troops.
This marks the third downing of a pro-Assad aircraft this month.
Other news outlets claimed defence officials had confirmed the drone had fired on coalition forces near Al-Tanf, near the Syria-Iraq border, before being taken out by the F-15E Strike Eagle jet.
Tara Copp, Pentagon correspondent of military magazine Stars and Stripes, tweeted: “Two defense officials confirm #Syria drone that fired on coalition forces near An-Tanf was taken out by a .@usairforce F-15E Strike Eagle”
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 20, 2017
#BREAKING US-led coalition shoots down pro-regime drone in Syria: US official
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 20, 2017
The incident comes just days after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime warplane that was dropping bombs near Syrian Democratic Force fighters.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) June 20, 2017