U.S. warplane shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

U.S. military aircraft shot down an Iranian-made, Predator-sized drone that fired on coalition forces in southern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday. The incident marked the first time that forces supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fired on the coalition. A U.S. official said the F-15 jet shot down the drone after the remotely controlled aircraft dropped munitions near an area where coalition personnel are training and advising ground forces involved in the fight against the Islamic State. The drone’s bomb was a “dud,” U.S. officials said, and no coalition personnel were hurt.

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