The United States has shot down a pro-Syrian government drone that opened fire on US-led coalition forces in Syria, a military spokesman said, in a major escalation of tensions between Washington and troops supporting Damascus.
No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred near the coalition’s At-Tanaf garrison, coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon told Pentagon reporters.
“It was armed and still had weapons on it when it was fired upon by US forces from an aircraft,” Dillon said.
The drone was about the same size as a US MQ-1 Predator. Dillon declined to say who owned or operated the drone, but other officials said it was likely Iranian or Hezbollah.
“It was something that showed a hostile intent, a hostile action and posed a threat to our forces because this drone still had munitions that were still on it,” Dillon said.
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