US loses drone over Syria, which claims to have brought it down , AsiaOne World News

March 18, 2015 3:44 AM

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WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States lost one of its Predator drone aircraft over northwest Syria on Tuesday, US officials said, as Syrian state media reported its air defences brought down the spy plane in the government-controlled Latakia province.

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces took down the US aircraft - something US officials said was not immediately certain - it would raise the stakes in the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that began in Syria in late September.

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