“March 17, 2015: Latakia, Syria. At about 7:30 PM local Syrian time (GMT +2) the Syrian Air Defense system shot down an American drone. This was an unmanned aircraft called MQ1. This specific drone carried anti-tank weapons, for the purpose to destroying tanks used by military. The local residents of the beach area called Ibn Hani and Ras as Shemra (just north of Latakia city) saw the Syrian missiles fired at the drone, and then looking at the sky they saw the drone explode. As it was coming down, it hit the top corner of a house. No one was injured in the house, or on the ground. I actually heard the explosion from far away. It is my theory that this drone was looking for information about the Syrian Army position and success in the area called Selma, just east of Latakia. It is possible that this drone had orders to fire on the Syrian tanks, thus helping the Free Syrian Army and their allies such as Al Qaeda, Jibhat al Nusra and other Radical Islamic terrorists. The Obama government support the terrorists and have helped them for 4 years. This drone has nothing to do with the US fight on ISIS, which is hundreds of kilometers away from Latakia, and has no relationship to the drone being shot down.
The photo shown is an actual photo from the wreckage in Latakia.”
and the US cried…
US warns Damascus against interfering with its ‘aerial assets’ in Syrian airspace
Mar 19, 2015, RT.com
The Pentagon is yet to officially acknowledge the downing of a surveillance drone over ISIS-free territory controlled by the Syrian govt, but scarce details of the incident hint at US involvement going beyond its self-mandated anti-ISIS plan in Syria.
Anonymously, US military sources have confirmed that the country has lost contact with one of its drones over Syria, after SANA news agency reported Syrian government forces shot down a hostile drone in Latakia province. Sources however did not reveal the cause of the incident.
At about 1740 GMT, US military controllers “lost contact with a US MQ-1 Predator unarmed remotely piloted aircraft operating over northwest Syria,” a US defense official said in an email Tuesday. “At this time, we have no information to corroborate press reports that the aircraft was shot down. We are looking into the incident and will provide more details when available.”
US State Department’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday that there was no “confirmation at this point.”
“I can confirm, as I’m sure you may have from the Pentagon, and certainly they’d be the lead on this, that yesterday U.S. military controllers lost contact with an unarmed remotely-piloted aircraft operating over northwest Syria. The Department of Defense is looking into the incident, will provide more details when available,” Jen Psaki said.
“We, of course, reiterate our warning to the [ELECTED GOVERNMNET OF PRESIDENT AL-ASSAD– my edit🙂 ] not to interfere with US aerial assets over Syria,” she added.
At the same time two US officials, speaking to Reuters, acknowledged that the Predator drone was likely shot down, although the investigation continues. A Syrian military source told the publication that the drone has been brought down with a “rocket.”
“The plane was American-made, was brought down coming from the sea, and the Syrian air defense was the one that brought it down,” the Syrian military source told Reuters.
Meanwhile another source told AFP that the drone was not immediately identified as being American, but was shot down as any hostile aircraft would be.
“As soon as it entered Syrian air space, we considered it to be gathering security and military information on Syria’s territory,” the source in Damascus said. “The aircraft entered areas where Daesh (ISIS) is not present.”
…In fact, the province is known to be the stronghold of a stronghold of the Alawite minority in Syria and the Assad family. Based on that, some Arabic sources speculated that the Predator was carrying out recon for a possible assassination mission, and was flying from Jordan, whose bases are being used by US allies against ISIS.
The MQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle, which the US army claims has gone missing, is used by the United States Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency. While the Predator carries cameras and other sensor equipment for surveillance mission, it’s armed modifications can carry and fire AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, as demonstrated during numerous combat missions in Afghanistan.
…Since the start of the bombing campaign, US drones have undertaken both surveillance and strike missions in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. If confirmed, the incident would become the first downing of a US aircraft since the beginning of the campaign.
Syria did not formally consent to the strikes on its territory, claiming that operations without Damascus’s coordination is a violation of sovereignty. “Any action of any kind without the consent of the Syrian government would be an attack on Syria,” said at the time the national reconciliation minister, Ali Haidar….”
— Philip the Arab (@IraqiSuryani) March 17, 2015