Thursday, 22 August 2019

US military drone shot down over Yemen.

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A U.S. military drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday, according to two U.S. officials, the second such incident in Yemen in the last three months. Multiple reports state the attack took place late Tuesday.
In a separate statement, Lt. Col Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said it was "investigating reports of an attack by Iranian-backed Houthis forces on a U.S. unmanned aircraft system."
Earlier Wednesday, Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, told NBC News that fighters had downed an "armed American drone."
Sarea had earlier told the group's official Al-Masirah T.V. that their air defenses had shot down a U.S. MQ-9 aircraft.
“The air defense systems managed to shoot down an American MQ-9 aircraft with a missile in the skies above Dhamar, it struck its target accurately,” he said, according to a translation by Flashpoint, a business risk intelligence firm.
The U.S. military said a MQ-9 drone was shot down over Yemen on June 6 by what it suspects was Houthi SA-6 surface-to-air missile.
"The last US strike in Yemen was on June 24th in Al Bayda. So far this year there have been nine US strikes in Yemen. In 2018, there were 36," said a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command.

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