Syria claims to shoot down U.S. drone

'Syrian air defences brought down a hostile US surveillance aircraft over north Latakia,' the official SANA news agency said. (File Photo: AP)

Syrian state media said the country’s air defenses shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft Tuesday in a northwestern province along the Mediterranean coast.

U.S. officials said they were looking into the reports.

The SANA state news agency said the aircraft was downed north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.

State television broadcast footage of what it said was the wreckage, including a wheel and electronic parts. Soldiers in camouflage could be seen loading some of the debris into the back of a truck.

If confirmed, it would be the first American aircraft to go down over Syria since the U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against the Islamic State extremist group to the country in September.

A Jordanian jet crashed near the northern Syrian city of Raqqa in December. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the pilot and later burned him alive.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46