The US military shot down a drone that was heading with “hostile intent” toward a base in Syria that houses about 200 American troops, according to a report.
Two drones were tracked entering a deconfliction zone near the At Tanf Garrison near the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq. One of the unmanned aircraft left the area, but the other continued traveling into the zone and was shot down, Fox News reported.
Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command, told the outlet that the downed drone was “demonstrating hostile intent.”
Local Iran-backed Shia militants are believed to have launched the drones, the report said, citing a military official.
There were no casualties or damage to the facilities, Urban said.
Another military official told Fox that the drone was hit in an air-to-air strike but was never close enough to the base in southeastern Syria to jeopardize US troops.
The US and coalition forces stationed at the base are carrying out the fight against ISIS militants in the region.
In August, a fighter jet shot down a drone in eastern Syria after it was deemed a threat.
The At Tanf outpost was also hit by a barrage of rockets and drones in October, but no American troops were wounded or killed in the attack.
With Post wires