U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement

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The U.S. led coalition said on Tuesday it had shot down an armed pro-Syrian drone that had been advancing on its forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in southeastern Syria.

In a statement, U.S. forces said the drone was shot at after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces”.

The location was close to where another “pro-regime UAV” drone, which Western intelligence sources said was Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces, the statement said.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Alison Williams)