Early Tuesday morning, just days after shooting down a Syrian jet, the U.S. military fired on a Syrian drone that was armed and heading toward coalition forces.
The U.S. F-15E targeted the pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV after it was spotted making its way toward the area northeast of At Tanf, where the U.S. is working to train fighters against ISIS. The drone was first intercepted, assessed for hostile intentions, and eventually shot down. This isn’t the first attempt to bring hostile forces against training coalition forces within the week.
On Sunday, a U.S. F-18A Hornet shot down a Syrian jet after it had already dropped bombs on the Coalition training area.
The Coalition has issued a statement that renewed its intent and lack of tolerance. The mission of the coalition is to end the terror of ISIS on an international level. To that end, they stress a no-tolerance policy when it comes to dealing with attacks that would thwart their efforts. In a statement released by the Coalition, they reaffirm that their intent is not to fight Russia, the Syrian regime or any pro-regime forces they have partnered with. Instead, their one goal is to stop ISIS from following through with their terrorist activities.
For those that seek to harm or prevent any of the Coalition training efforts, there will be no tolerance.