US Air Force F-15 shoots down Iranian drone over Syria
An Iranian drone that was posing a danger to US forces stationed in eastern Syria was shot down by a US Air Force F-15 fighter jet.
‘Coalition aircraft effectively engaged and defeated a UAS through air to air engagement in the region of Mission Support Site Green Village,’ said US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, the leader of the US-led coalition against ISIS, according to Reuters.
According to a tweet quoting US authorities, the ‘Iranian’ drone was shot down by an F-15E after it came ‘too near’ to the 900 US troops in the region on Saturday.
Green Village is an outpost where US troops are housed in former oil industry villas near to a big Syrian oil field, according to the Washington Post.
Officials also informed Aviation Week that the drone had been “considered a danger” and that “self-defense measures” had been implemented.
Last month, the Pentagon expressed grave worry about assaults on US soldiers in Syria and Iraq.
According to Reuters, two US military personnel were injured last month when 14 rockets were fired at an Iraqi installation that housed US soldiers.
After US attacks on the Iraqi-Syrian border killed four of their members in June, Iraqi militia groups linked with Iran pledged to respond.
The current show of force in Syria follows the United States’ exit from Afghanistan, where the terrorist Taliban have seized control of the vast majority of the nation.