Weekend Reads U.S. shoots down pro-Syrian government drone firing on coalition forces: spokesman

02:50  09 june  2017
02:50  09 june  2017 Source:   Reuters

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U . S . shoots down pro - Syrian government drone firing on coalition forces : spokesman - The United States shot down a pro - Syrian regime armed drone that was attacking U . S . -led coalition forces in Syria on Thursday, a U . S . military spokesman said

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States shot down a pro - Syrian regime armed drone that was attacking U . S .-led coalition forces in Syria on Thursday, a U . S . military spokesman said, the first time the regime had attacked coalition forces .

A US military drone strike in Afghanistan has killed the Al-Qaeda commander behind the 2008 bombing of a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad:   © Provided by AFP   The United States shot down a pro-Syrian regime armed drone that was attacking U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria on Thursday, a U.S. military spokesman said, the first time the regime had attacked coalition forces.

U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, who is a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said the MQ-1 like armed drone was destroyed after it fired upon coalition forces carrying out a patrol outside a deconfliction zone in southern Syria. Dillon said there were no coalition casualties.

Dillon said that earlier in the day the United States had also carried another strike out against pick-up trucks with weapons who had moved against U.S.-backed fighters near the town of At Tanf.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali)

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