US Jet Shoots-Down Another Iranian Drone Near al-Tanf/Al Waleed border crossing

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made

drone’

  • 20 June 2017
 F15E Strike Eagle (file photo)Image copyright AFP  An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said

A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say.

The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US-led coalition troops on the ground, officials said.

It was shot down near Tanf, an outpost of the US-led coalition.

This is the latest incident in the skies over Syria, after the US shot down a Syrian fighter plane on Sunday and another drone earlier this month.

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a US military statement.

The incident underscores the growing tensions in the region as a battle develops for the control of eastern Syria, BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says.

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