November 13, 2017

The US Shot Down a Mysterious Enemy Drone Over Syria

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: VICE

Journalist David Axe

A US Air Force F-15 jet fighter has shot down a large, armed drone that attacked pro-US forces near At Tanf, a strategic town in southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq.

The aerial clash on June 8, 2017 was the first time that an American warplane had engaged an armed enemy drone in the sky—and could be a preview of dangers to come as more and more rogue states acquire cheap, sophisticated, armed robotic aircraft.

It's unclear who operated the drone, which US Central Command—the regional headquarters that oversees the wars in Iraq and Syria—described as "pro-regime." The Syrian government, pro-government militias and Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group that has intervened in Syria on behalf of the government, all possess Iranian-made drones.

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Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and th...