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US Military Says It Lost Global Hawk Drone In ‘Accident’ After Reports Of Similar Drone Shot Down In Syria

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US Military Says It Lost Global Hawk Drone In ‘Accident’ After Reports Of Similar Drone Shot Down In Syria

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft like the one shown is currently flying non-military mapping missions over South, Central America and the Caribbean at the request of partner nations in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka)

On August 6, a Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long endurance surveillance drone of the US Air Force crashed in a rural field near Gilby, North Dakota, as it was returning to Grand Forks Air Base.

No injuries were reported as a result of the alleged crash. Authorities asked the public to avoid the area, as it is now the site of an active military investigation.

In a statement, Col. Jeremy Fields, the 319th Reconnaissance Wing vice commander, said military personnel were on the scene and he anticipated the recovery and investigation may take several weeks.

The Global Hawk accident led to much speculations by some military observers as it took place just a few days after reports claiming that a similar drone was shot down over northern Syria.

According to a recent report by the U-News agency, which is close to the Syrian state, the drone, a MQ-4C Triton, was shot down by a Russian-made Buk-M2E air-defense system of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) over the countryside of Aleppo. The incident reportedly took place on August 2.

The Triton is a variant of the Global Hawk that was especially developed to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions. Both drones share the exact same design lines, which explains why one would be mistaken for the other.

US Military Says It Lost Global Hawk Drone In ‘Accident’ After Reports Of Similar Drone Shot Down In Syria

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The absence of any close-up photos from the Global Hawk crash site in Gibly fueled speculations that the US Air Force story was just a cover up for the incident in Syria’s Aleppo. Meanwhile, Syrian authorities are yet to comment on the event of August 2.

The SyAADF targeted US drones operating over Syria in the past. On March 17 of 2015, a MQ-1 Predator combat drone was shot down while it was on an intelligence mission near the coastal Syrian city of Lattakia.


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Yeah US bulshitting

Americunt Losers

Americunts are losers and liars.

Americunt Losers

Well Iran needed a software upgrade so they shot another one down.

Americunt Losers

Well Iran needed an upgrade of software so they shot another one down.

Arch Bungle

They could have just got cracked version from the Chinese…


Of course the Amerikastanis are lying.

Just as they did about “100 concussion injuries, no deaths” after the retaliatory Iranian missile strike in January 2020. I remember that a lot of Amerikastani troops “died in accidents” in the following few days and weeks.

Rhodium 10

They said that 2 US soldiers died in a US army Hospital in Germany in unclear circumstances

Peter Wallace

MSM news sites and governmental information are LIES and Propaganda to fool stupid people. That is proven over and over again but you like to claim LIES are Truth . Truth is you are a LIAR jens.


‘MSN news are not lies. Some are.’

Way to go there Jenny, classic self contradiction.

Arch Bungle

If you look even closer, turns you you’re an idiot.

Arch Bungle

I’d respond but there’s nothing to respond to.

Peter Wallace

LIAR and a TROLL jens. Did you get a degree in stupidity because you certainly excel in it. LIAR.

The end

Scientists have not yet been able to understand the depth of hens stupidity. It will probably require a whole new category.


„a similar drone was shot down over northern Syria” – only idiots believe it, like most sf readers ^^


Are you retarded or what? They literally published articles regarding the incident just 2 days before US acknowledgment.

Peter Wallace

Dumb LIAR and TROLL jens. Probably a rock spider as well.

Arch Bungle

Stop. I can’t bear to see the English language mutilated and sodomized in the way you do.

Arch Bungle

Good god, even worse!


The Soviets shot down a U-2 at 70,000′ in 1962 and you are sceptical about the SAA shooting down a 25 year old prop driven aircraft with a maximum ceiling of 60,000′ that flies at half the speed of a U-2? There’s no question the SAA could shoot it down … the only question is whether it was actually there or not.


They certainly do … Buk M2E can shoot to 82,000′ … the Iranian 3rd Korhad that shot down the global hawk in 2019 is basically the same unit.


Thank you for a factual and sensible post! If engaged, the Syrian operated BuKME2 SAM would simply out-range and out-perform any RQ4 Predator. The RQ4’s height ceiling is around 18km vs BuK’s 25km range, and RQ4’s cruising speed is around 570kmh vs Buk’s 2988kmh capacity, just shy of Mach-3! There are some pitch and angle variables in a real shooting incident, but c’mon people, the basic speed differential is like comparing your road car vs F1!

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Peter Wallace

Do you get your comment ideas from jens the Troll and LIAR or do you both go to the same school of misinformation. Then again you might be the alter ego of jens but afflicted by the same stupid brain.

Arch Bungle

It’s not partly correct, it’s wholly correct, moron.

Western Corporate-Capitalism is nothing more than Neo-Feudalism, and will soon be supplanted by superior systems.


I would like to see pictures of both crash sites just to be sure.

Ivan Freely

Sometimes that may not be enough as pictures get recycled.


oops lolllllllllllllll


Did US use an Israeli advisor regarding the reporting of the lost equipment?

Peter Wallace

Hows your lies on the ambulance being hit by artillery fire by unknown source jens. You know , the one that syrialive says was hit by targeted SDF ATGM which was reported by southfront yesterday.

Peter Wallace

Another of your esoteric sayins jens. So esoteric you are the only person that understands it. You should get your brain back and never lend it out again.

The end

Hens, you have 4 negative votes. Please see a psychologist, its urgent.


Don’t worry guys it was only $230million or $460…


I like Buk. Good ol’, Buk. Yeah.

L du Plessis

US Empire of lies, deceit, and genocide.

Tommy Jensen

American beauty, American art, American architecture, showing US leadership in industrial design beautifulness.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tommy Jensen

The Syrians have proven capable of shooting down US drones before, so is plausible, and with the RQ-4 Global Hawk’s cruising speed at around 570km and flight ceiling at around 18km, the Syrian operated export model BuKME2 SAM is quite capable of downing it.

Arch Bungle

You got a more advanced job sweeping the floors?

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