Downing of U.S. Drone Suggests Syria Imposing Red Lines on Air War

After allowing the United States to use its air space to bomb Islamic State fighters for six months, the Syrian army appears to have imposed a "red line" by shooting down a U.S. drone over territory of critical importance to Damascus. The U.S. military has said it lost contact with one of its drones over northwest Syria but has not given the cause of the incident over Latakia province - part of the western region of Syria where Damascus has been consolidating state control. A Syrian army source said the aircraft was shot down over government-held territory in an area free from Islamic State



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