U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement

U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statementBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Phil Stewart AMMAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it had shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria’s southeast on Tuesday, in the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies. The incident closely followed Sunday’s U.S. downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces. In the latest incident, the Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.



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