U.S. military shoots down Iranian-made drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border

Vastavam web:  The U.S. military said it had shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria’s southeast on Tuesday, in the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies.The incident closely followed Sunday’s U.S. downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces.In the latest incident, the Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said it had “dirty wings,” meaning it was armed.The area falls in a part of Syria that was recently identified as a military priority by Damascus, and is seen as strategically important for Iran as it seeks to secure a land corridor between forces it backs in Syria and Iraq.The U.S.-led coalition said the location was close to where another “pro-regime” drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces.