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SDF Uncovered Wreckage Of U.S. Drone In Northeastern Syria (Photos)

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On October 1, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) uncovered the wreckage of a drone in the governorate of al-Hasakah.

The wreckage was found near the town of Ain al-Abd, 12 km to the east of Tell Tamer in the northern countryside of the governorate. The circumstances surrounding the drone’s crash remain unclear.

The drone was identified as a U.S.-made “AAI RQ-7 Shadow”. The U.S.-led coalition is known to be operating this type of tactical drones over northeastern Syria as well as Iraq.

SDF Uncovered Wreckage Of U.S. Drone In Northeastern Syria (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: npasyria.com

SDF Uncovered Wreckage Of U.S. Drone In Northeastern Syria (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: npasyria.com

The RQ-7 Shadow was developed for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. The drone has an operational range of 109 km and an endurance of 6 to 9 hours.

Currently, the primary load of the aircraft is the Israeli Aircraft Industries POP300 optical system, which consists of a forward-looking infrared camera, a daytime TV camera with a near-infrared filter and a laser pointer.

The U.S.-led coalition lost several RQ-7s during its military campaign against ISIS in northeastern Syria and Iraq. Some were shot down by the terrorist group. The drone found near Tell Tamer may have crashed a while ago.

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