Self Defense – US Shoots Down 2nd Iranian Drone in Syria
The US has been shooting down Syrian Regime aircraft from drones to jets that are deemed a “threat” when they fail to change course after being told to do so. Another Iranian drone was taken out Tuesday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m.. It marks the 5th time since May that the US has hit Pro-Assad forces.
The US Military said the Shaheed-129 UAV was armed and headed straight for US and coalition troops near At Tanf in Southeastern Syria. When it did not change course, it was shot down. It was the 2nd Iranian drone shot down in Syria- the first was shot down on June 8. A US F-15E fighter jet intercepted the drone and took it down.
US Operation Inherent Resolve released this statement which reads in part:
The Coalition forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS.This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8.
The F-15E intercepted the armed UAV after it was observed advancing on the Coalition position. When the armed UAV continued to advance on the Coalition position without diverting its course it was shot down.
The Coalition has made it clear to all parties publically and through the de-confliction line with Russian forces that the demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated.
There is a de-confliction mechanism in place with Russian forces to reduce uncertainty in this highly contested space and mitigate the chances of strategic miscalculation. Given recent events, the Coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to Coalition and partnered forces.
The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.
The Coalition calls on all parties to focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.
Assad’s allies, which include Russia, and Iran (Iranian militias and some Hezbollah), have deliberately placed themselves in the middle of the battles against ISIS. Which makes it a messy playing field. Where will it lead?
Professor of International Relations at Damascus University, Bassam Abu Abdullah says that we are “headed for a bare-knuckle fight” with the Assad Regime, Russia, and Iran. He thinks they will be able to force the US to allow Assad to stay in power. What do you think?
Featured photo – F-15 E Strike Eagle by USAF/ Major Gary