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    MQ-9 Drone Shot Down over Yemen



    An MQ-9 Reaper armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt)
    21 Aug 2019
    Military.com | By Hope Hodge Seck


    Officials with U.S. Central Command say they're looking into reports that an MQ-9 Reaper, a multi-million dollar hunter-killer drone flown by the U.S. Air Force and other nation's militaries, has been shot down in Yemen.


    A spokesman for Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebel movement said Tuesday that the group's air defenses had brought down the drone, which they claimed belonged to the U.S. military. Reuters reported Wednesday morning that unnamed U.S. defense officials had confirmed a U.S. MQ-9 was shot down.







    "We're aware of reports and we're looking into it," Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a CENTCOM spokesman, told Military.com.


    Some reports said the drone was U.S.-made, but belonged to Saudi Arabia.

    It wouldn't be the first time a U.S. MQ-9 was downed over Yemen.


    On June 6, CENTCOM confirmed a Reaper had been shot down by Houthis, with Iranian assistance.


    In October 2017, an Air Force Reaper was shot down
    , with Houthi forces claiming responsibility. Like Tuesday's reported incident, that shootdown took place near the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa.


    This story is developing and will be updated.


    -- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at
    hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.



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    Iran will be even more of a problem if we get that runaway tanker in Greece
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    American Drone Shot Over Yemen

    thebesig | August 21, 2019 |

    Airmen work on an RQ-4 Global Hawk. (Ramon Adelan/U.S. Air Force/AP)
    Houthi rebels shot a U.S. drone out of the sky in Yemen. They claim that the drone was “not authorized” to be in the airspace. However, the US military said it was authorized to operate in the airspace.

    The Houthi are associated with Iran. One of the arguments advanced is that the Iranian’s provided them with the system/hardware needed to take the drone down. For their part, the Houthi is claiming that they used a system that they developed.


    From Reuters:


    The White House said it was aware of the reports and President Donald Trump had been briefed on the matter.

    “This attack is only possible because of Iran’s lethal aid to the Houthis and serves as yet another example of the regime’s relentless efforts to escalate conflict and threaten regional stability,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

    Iran rejects accusations from the United States and its Gulf Arab allies that Tehran is providing military and financial support to the Houthis and blames Riyadh for the deepening crisis there.

    Overnight, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria said that the drone had been shot down.

    “The rocket which hit it was developed locally and will be revealed soon at a press conference,” Saria said on Twitter.

    “Our skies are no longer open to violations as they once were and the coming days will see great surprises,” he added.

    Iran’s adversaries are pointing to Iran as a supporter of these rebels. Iran seems to be interested in poking the international community bear. It appears that they are desperate to try to draw attention away from their inability to counter the negative effects of the sanctions against their economy.
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