US Jet Shoots Down Syrian Drone

June 20, 2017 10:53 am Last Updated: June 20, 2017 10:53 am


A U.S. jet shot down a Syrian drone that came within firing distance of coalition forces, according to a statement from the U.S. led coalition, Reuters reported.

The drone was advancing on U.S.-led forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in southeastern Syria. An F-15E Strike Eagle jet blasted the drone out of the sky.

The location was close to where another “pro-regime UAV” drone, which Western intelligence sources said was Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces, according to the statement.

This latest incident comes just two days after an American jet shot down a Syrian airplane on June 18.

Russia responded to the American action by stating that it will treat all aircraft in Syria west of the Euphrates river as targets starting on June 19. Russia also halted its incident-prevention hotline with the United States.

The United States asserted in response that its forces will defend themselves and their partners if necessary.

Reuters contributed to this report.