UPDATE: US military media outlets are now claiming that two US drones collided over Idlib.
“The U.S. lost two drones over Syria Tuesday after a midair collision, a defense official tells Military Times.
Images of burning aircraft crashing to the ground were posted on twitter Tuesday. There was speculation that the aircraft were MQ-9 Reapers — a remotely piloted aircraft used predominately an armed hunter-killer drone but also capable of surveillance and intelligence collection — and were shot down.
However, the defense official could not confirm the type of drone involved,” militarytimes.com wrote.
On August 18, the MQ-9 Reaper combat drone of the US military was shot down over the Syrian province of Idlib.
Pro-militant sources initially claimed that the shot down drone was something belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces. Nonetheless, photos and videos from the ground clearly demonstrated that it was the MQ-9 Reaper.
— QalaatM (@QalaatM) August 18, 2020
It looks like the Turks ‘accidentially’ shot down the combat drone of its NATO partner state. It may be that Ankara has been angered by regular US drone strikes that target its lovely al-Qaeda proxies in northwestern and northern Syria.
It is interesting to note that the incdient happened near the area previously targeted by Russian airstrikes in respnose to the recent IED attack on the joint Russian-Turkish patrol in southern Idlib.
Reports also appeared about some second drone that supposedly crashed in the countryside of Idlib.
Some sources even claim that there may have been a launch of surface-to-air missile (possibly a Russian one). If the speculations about the Russian missile are confirmed, it may appear that the MQ-9 Reaper was shot down by the Russian military or its Syrian allies.
⚙️🔧Unknown drone experienced technical problems and crashed in #Idlib countryside.
— عبدالله الغفاري (@TNTreports) August 18, 2020
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