US F-15E Shoots Down ‘Hostile’ Predator-Like Drone in Syria

FILE -- Two F-15E from the 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fire a pair of AIM-7Ms during a training mission. The mission took place over the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A U.S. aircraft shot down an unidentified drone deemed hostile toward coalition forces in At Tanf, Syria, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said Thursday.

The drone, similar in size to a U.S. MQ-1 Predator, was suspected to be “pro-regime” and was shot down Thursday by an F-15E Strike Eagle.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon said the drone was struck down after it was observed dropping a munition near coalition personnel training partner forces in the fight against the Islamic State.

Dillon, who replaces Air Force Col. John Dorrian as the operation spokesman, said the MQ-1-like drone “hit dirt.”viptickets

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