Predator drone MQ-1 crashed in Syria
Predator drone MQ-1 crashed in Syria. An MQ-1 drone was lost on March 17 over Syria, according to the Pentagon, and it's unclear whether it crashed by accident or was shot down. The aircraft is the first reported lost by U.S. forces since the war against ISIS began in Iraq in August and expanded to Syria in September. "We can confirm that at approximately 1:40 p.m. EDT today, U.S. military controllers lost contact with an U.S. MQ-1 Predator unarmed remotely piloted aircraft operating over northwest Syria," said Pentagon spokeswoman.
Drones do crash sometimes, often because they proceed in adverse environments and bad weather that would be too risky for a manned plain. The satellite links that operators on the land use to control them can also fail. If aircraft was shot down, a responsive strike could be launched to deter the Syrians from attempting another attack, said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula. The Iranian government claimed to have shot down an Predator drone. It was flying a supervision mission for the CIA. So far, airstrikes continued Tuesday in Syria. Seven bombing runs struck ISIS fighters, vehicles and fighting positions, according to the U.S. military.
Images of the wreckage of an aerial vehicle were posted on social media: https://twitter.com/KitadicaCool/status/577943021372743680/photo/1
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