It is pretty tough figuring out what is what in Syria these days but a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, Colonel Ryan Dillon is reporting that a manned US aircraft shot down a pro Syrian government drone after it attacked coalition forces operating in southern Syria.
The attack by the pro-regime drone, which occurred east of Tanf, outside of the 55-kilometer deconfliction zone, resulted in zero coalition casualties and had zero effect on operations, Dillon said. The munition dropped by the “MQ-1-like” drone “hit dirt,” he added.
However, its actions represented an unacceptable threat to coalition forces.
“It was clearly meant as an attack,” Dillon said. The bomb missed its intended target, but “proximity made it clear who they were trying to hit.”
The pro-regime drone was still armed when it was shot down by the U.S. aircraft, which Pentagon officials would not identify. – Military Times
The Pentagon did not go into specifics on the Syria drone except to say it was similar to the US MQ-1 Predator.
Featured image of US Navy F-18 fighter jets by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, via Wikimedia Commons