U.S. Shoots Down Drone Close to Iraqi-Syrian Border

Smoke billows from the positions of the Islamic State militants after an airstrike in western Mosul, Iraq

AMMAN (Reuters) – 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.

Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle flies over an air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region

Iran released video footage showing a drone shadowing U.S. military forces operating in Syria just a day before an unmanned aerial vehicle launched a strike on American forces in the war-torn country, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials about the Islamic Republic’s increasing willingness to use military force in the region.

Trump Gives CIA Authority to Conduct Drone Strikes

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia / Reuters

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.