More Trouble in the Air Over Syria: US Shoots Down “Pro-Syrian” Drone Near American - UK SOF Base in Southern Syria
June 20, 2017
U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement
June 20, 2017
The U.S.-led coalition said on Tuesday it had shot down an armed “pro-Syrian regime” drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in Syria’s southeast.
In a statement, U.S. forces said the drone was fired on after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces”, and a Western intelligence source said the so-called UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) was Iranian.
The statement said the location was close to where another “pro-regime” drone - which intelligence sources separately identified as Iranian - was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces.
In Syria’s complicated multi-sided conflict, Washington backs a coalition of rebel forces fighting both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamist militants, while Assad is backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militia.
In an indirect reference to Iranian-backed forces that have been gathering in the eastern desert region, the coalition statement cited a recent escalation of tensions and said it would not “tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces”.
The U.S. military has repeatedly warned forces fighting on Assad’s side to stay away from a “deconfliction zone”, agreed with Russia, near a garrison used by U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia around Al Tanf.
I don’t often post my band photography on my tumblr as it’s taken for memories sake, not to put online.
MUSE are my favourite band (in the world, forever and for all time). This Sunday, the 3rd April marks the start of a Spring / Summer of travel, close friends, insane and brilliant queueing and general MUSE malarky for me.
This will the 7th tour I’ve seen multiple shows on. I’m going to a stupid number of gigs in *nine* countries this year. Madness.
I totally and utterly adore them.
(Matthew Bellamy, MUSE. Emirates Stadium, London, UK. Day One, May 2013.)