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US shoots down pro-regime drone in Syria

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US official says drone was 'threatening our forces on the ground'

A United States fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-Syria forces on Tuesday, the US military said.

The drone was hit just outside the de-confliction zone that rings Al Tanf in southeastern Syria, where US forces train rebels who are fighting Islamic State.

"The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces," a statement from the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) said.

"They were threatening our forces on the ground," a US military official told AFP.

"Their course was on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them."

It is the second time this month a pro-regime drone has been downed by the US-led forces assisting in the fight against IS, and comes just days after the US announced it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet, an attack that elicited an angry response from Russia.

Over the last week US forces at the At Tanf base have fired at pro-regime forces advancing towards the facility, according to statements made to the media.

The Coalition has made it clear to all parties publicly 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," the statement from OIR added.

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