On Tuesday a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made drone over southern Syria, marking the second such incident in as many days, according to an anonymous military official and The Washington Post.
According to the official, the incident occurred in the same area where the U.S. shot down a similar kind of unmanned Iranian aircraft earlier in June. The drone downed Tuesday was armed and had the capability of striking U.S.-led coalition forces, said the official.
The United States claims that the action was taken in self-defense, a latest action in a series of escalating events between the United States and Russian-backed pro-Assad forces. On Monday a United States F/A-18 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 jet.
The United States claims that its sole purpose in the area is to defeat ISIS. Centering on an area near At Tanf, on the Iraq-Syria border, the U.S. has created a 50 km “deconfliction” zone, indicating to Assad and Russia in general that any action taken inside it might be construed as a hostile act.
The drone shot down Tuesday was outside the deconfliction zone, according to The Washington Post.
Please pray for our troops in the area, and for hope that a peaceful resolution may come.