U.S. Shoots Down Unmanned Aircraft that Fired on Coalition Troops in Syria

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June 9, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: June 9 on

SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 8, 2017 — A U.S. aircraft shot down an armed pro-Syria regime unmanned aerial vehicle today after it fired on coalition forces in southern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said in a statement.

The pro-regime UAV, similar in size to a U.S. MQ-1 Predator, was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position occupied by coalition personnel who are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officials said.

The shoot-down follows an engagement earlier in the day in which coalition forces destroyed two pro-regime armed technical vehicles that advanced toward coalition forces at At Tanf inside the established deconfliction zone, threatening coalition and partner forces, they added.