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Yemeni Resistance Shoots Down US Reaper Drone in Western Yemen

21st Century Wire says…

Despite more than two years of punishing aggression from the Saudi coalition, with US and UK military advisors in the Riyadh command and control centre, the Yemeni resistance just keeps on resisting. Throughout the Saudi coalition war of aggression that was originally endorsed by Obama’s administration in March 2015, there have been reports of US drones targeting the Ansarullah forces and allowing advances of the Saudi loyalists or even AQAP militants (Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula). 

Under Trump’s administration the lethal arms deals with the Saudi coalition have been ramped up. Although the original claims of $ 110 bn have been questioned, the linked article reveals an extensive military industrial complex “shopping list”.

On Sunday, the Ansarullah forces shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone in Western Yemen, this was confirmed in today’s report by the Military Times:

“A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down in western Yemen on Sunday, officials at U.S. Central Command confirmed to Military Times.

Multiple outlets reported on Sunday that Houthi rebels had claimed they shot down a drone. Images of the wreckage were posted by the rebel faction’s news agency SABA.

Houthi air defense systems brought down the drone in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, SABA claimed.

“We assess that an MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was shot down in western Yemen on Oct. 1, 2017. This incident is under investigation,” said Maj. Earl Brown, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command.

The MQ-9 is predominately an armed hunter-killer drone but the unmanned aircraft is also capable of surveillance and intelligence collection.

Video of downing of US Reaper Drone by Al Masirah TV. WATCH: 

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