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The US suspects Russian air defense systems in the attack on its drone

Reconnaissance drone RQ-4 Global Hawk
Photo: Reuters

The African Command of the US Armed Forces (AFRICOM) believes that an American drone that disappeared in the sky over Libya at the end of November could be shot down by Russian air defense systems. It is reported by Reuters, without indicating the source of this information.

At the same time, the agency cites the statement of AFRICOM commander Stephen Townsend, who demanded that the wreckage of the downed drone be returned to the United States.

The US military reported the loss of a drone in Libya on November 23, Deutsche Welle wrote. AFRICOM stated that the drone was not armed and conducted reconnaissance. The type and model of the device were not specified.

At the same time, the Libyan National Army (LNA), controlled by field marshal Khalifa Haftaru, announced on November 25 that they had mistakenly shot down a US drone over Tripoli. As The New York Times reported, a senior army official explained that LNA fighters mistook the American apparatus for a Turkish-made drone used by the army of the National Accord government in Tripoli.

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