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US surveillance drone crashes in northern Iraq

March 23, 2021 at 10:09 pm

A US Airforce RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone, is seen here on the flightline at Edwards Air Force on December 19, 2016 in California, US [US Air Force photo]

A US drone crashed in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province while on a surveillance mission, an Iraqi security source said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, told Anadolu Agency that the drone was on the mission over the Tal al-Shaeer village of Mosul.

The cause of the crash was probably a technical glitch, it added.

So far, no official statement was issued either by the Iraqi authorities or the US military command in the country.

Currently, there are around 3,000 troops, including 2,500 US forces, fighting in the anti-Daesh coalition.

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In 2017, Iraq with the support of the US-led International Coalition declared victory over Daesh by reclaiming all of its territories – about a third of the country’s area – invaded by the terror group in 2014.

But the terror group still maintains sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq and periodically launches attacks.

The Iraqi army continues to carry out frequent operations against the group in parts of the country.