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DOD suspects Russian air defenses downed U.S. drone over Libya: Report

Added 12-07-19 01:03:01pm EST - “The Pentagon has assessed that Russian private military contractors may have shot down an unarmed American drone lost over Libya late last month, a report said Saturday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “DOD suspects Russian air defenses downed U.S. drone over Libya: Report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Pentagon has assessed that Russian private military contractors may have shot down an unarmed American drone lost over Libya late last month, a report said Saturday.

Reuters reported that the U.S. military believes the drone was downed near Tripoli by air defenses operated by either the so-called Libyan National Army or Russian mercenaries.

Army General Stephen Townsend, the head of U.S. Africa Command, said the Defense Department has unsuccessfully sought to recover the drone’s wreckage since it was reported lost Nov. 21, Reuters reported.

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In a statement, he said the operators controlling the air defenses at the time likely “didn’t know it was a U.S. remotely piloted aircraft when they fired on it,” Reuters reported.

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