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

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Posted: Jun 08, 2017 12:42 PM

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.

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)