JUST IN: U.S. shoots down drone in Syria

An Iranian drone was shot down by a U.S. aircraft Tuesday, after it advanced too far into coalition backed territory.

Just after 12:30 AM Tuesday morning, a US F-15E Strike Eagle took aim and fired when a pro-Regime Shaheed-129 UAV demonstrated hostile intent and advanced on the coalition’s position. It marks the second Iranian drone shot down this month.

The incident throws gas on a burning fire of heightened tensions between U.S.-backed coalition forces and Syrians backed by Russia and Iran, after Russia openly threatened to consider U.S. planes as targets earlier this week.

The U.S.-backed coalition’s presence in Syria is largely there to contain the threat of ISIS, but the incident marks the 5th time pro-Syrian forces have been bombed by coalition forces.

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