US combat drone continue to operate over the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where several terrorist group are present and active.
At least two General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drones were spotted flying over the region, fully-armed on several occasions between October 25 and 27.
The drones, all of the MQ-9 Extended Range (ER) variant, were armed with AGM-114 Hellfire-type missiles and carrying different unidentified pods, likely for communication and intelligence gathering.
🇹🇷🇸🇾⚡️🇺🇸Two US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper UAVs were spotted today in the skies of the Syrian province of Idlib, where fighting broke out between several terrorist groups, including the local branch of al-Qaeda (Khuras al-Din).
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— The RAGE X (@theragex) October 25, 2021
— 𝐁𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐠 (@KidonPhD) October 25, 2021
— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) October 27, 2021
Under the rule of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Greater Idlib became a large safe haven for terrorist groups and wanted terrorists in the Middle East.
In September, a US drone strike targeted Horas al-Din senior leader Salim Abu-Ahmad in the eastern Idlib countryside. A few days before the strike, US combat drones were spotted flying over Greater Idlib.
US combat drone are likely tracking down a wanted terrorist. Greater Idlib is now witnessing a battle between HTS and a smaller terrorist group that was allegedly sheltering terrorists from al-Qaeda’s Horas al-Din and ISIS.