A U.S. Predator drone was shot down over Syria on Tuesday. SANA reported that the Syrian air defenses brought the drone down. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, the U.S. military lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone in Syria.
Although U.S. officials couldn’t confirm the actual status of the lost drone, Syrian state media reported that it had been shot down by Syrian air defenses.
“Syrian air defences brought down a hostile U.S. surveillance plane in the coastal province of Latakia,” Syrian state news agency SANA said on Tuesday.
“At this time, we have no information to corroborate press reports that the aircraft was shot down,” said a U.S. defense official.
“We are looking into the incident and will provide more details when available,” he told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
Tuesday’s incident is considered the first of its kind since the U.S. and its allies started airstrikes against the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi