Syria downs U.S. drone over ‘spying’ fears

Syria’s military said on Wednesday it downed an American drone over suspicions it was spying, in what would be its first attack on an aircraft in the U.S.-led coalition battling jihadists.

A military source, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the drone was not immediately identified as being American but was shot down as a hostile aircraft.

“As soon as it entered Syrian air space, we considered it to be gathering security and military information on Syria’s territory,” the source in Damascus said.

Syrian state media reported late on Tuesday that air defences had targeted a U.S. surveillance aircraft over Latakia province, a coastal stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. military confirmed losing communication with a Predator drone over Syria on Tuesday and said it was looking into claims the aircraft was shot down. — AFP