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US loses contact with drone over Syria: officials

The US military lost communication with a Predator drone, as this one seen in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2010, over Syria and is looking into claims by state media in Damascus that the robotic aircraft was shot down, officials saidThe US military lost communication with a Predator drone over Syria on Tuesday and is looking into claims by state media in Damascus that the robotic aircraft was shot down, officials said. At about 1740 GMT, “US military controllers lost contact with a US MQ-1 Predator unarmed remotely piloted aircraft operating over northwest Syria,” a US defense official said in an email. Syria’s official SANA news agency said earlier the country’s air defense forces “brought down a hostile US surveillance aircraft over north Latakia” on the coast. Syria is not taking part in the coalition strikes against the jihadist group, but has so far refrained from taking action against the warplanes involved in the coalition’s air war.

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