BREAKING: US Plane Shot Down by Syrian Air Defenses Over Latakia
According to reports this morning from SANA, the Syria State News Agency, announced that a US reconnaissance aircraft, most likely a Predator drone, was shot down in Syrian air space just north of the city of Latakia.
Sources say that SANA has already broadcast footage of the wreckage on television, including details of signature parts and a wheel. If confirmed, this would be the first US aircraft to go down since ‘coalition’ airstrike in Syria began in September 2014.
Many fear that this, or a similar incident, could inflame an already tense situation between Washington and Damascus, and also Tehran, as the White House continue their efforts to manage a proxy war on the ground in Syria, and also airstrikes against supposed ISIS/ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq.
All of this is occurring in front of a backdrop where the US along with the P5 +1, attempting to reach a negotiated settlement over Iran’s nuclear future.
It is believed that the downed US aircraft’s mission originated from one of three likely deployment bases. Two of these are the Ali al Salem Air Base in Kuwait which houses the US Air Force’s 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, and a joint Iraqi-CIA air base located in Erbil, Kurdistan in northern Iraq.