Syria claims to have shot down U.S. drone with which we lost contact

Syria claims to have shot down U.S. drone with which we lost contact

[Ed. – Certainly possible, given Russia’s arming of Assad with modern anti-air missiles.]

The United States lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone over Syria on Tuesday, US officials said, stopping short of confirming the plane was taken down by Syrian air defences, as reported by Syrian state media.

“At this time, we have no information to corroborate press reports that the aircraft was shot down,” a US defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We are looking into the incident and will provide more details when available.“

Another US official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said flatly the United States could not “determine the cause yet”, without elaborating.

It was the first such incident since the US-led coalition began carrying out air strikes against the hardline militant Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria last summer. …

[E]arlier on Tuesday, Syria’s state news agency Sana said its air defences brought down a US surveillance plane in the coastal province of Latakia.

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