The United States lost two of their top-end drones in an apparent collision over Idlib, Syria according to officials within the Department of Defense.

The two drones may have been targeted by militants on the ground.

Several MQ-9 Reaper drones have been sighted over the Idlib area. Last week one may have been used to kill an Uzbek military trainer of the terrorist group Hurras al-Din, which is linked to al-Qaeda. 

Militant groups allied with Turkey, which opposes the Assad regime in Syria, have claimed to have shot down two drones, belonging to the Russians. However, the pictures and videos that were posted on social media appear to show an MQ-9.