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U.S. Drone Shot Down over Yemen

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Patty Aguilar | 21 August, 2019, 21:39

The US believes the missile was provided to Houthi rebels by Iran, said the official, who added that it was not immediately clear if the drone was being operated by the US military or the intelligence community.

A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governorate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, Reuters reported two USA officials as saying on Wednesday.

Houthi rebels claimed its air defenses shot down the drone south of Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

News of the downed drone comes as Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the U.S. Wednesday that Iran may act "unpredictably".

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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.

Afterwards, President Trump ordered military strikes on Iranian targets including radar and missile batteries but canceled the order at the last minute due to concerns about casualties.

This is not the first time a U.S. drone has been shot down in Yemen.

The downing comes as tensions between Iran and the United States have risen since Donald Trump's administration withdrew previous year from an global deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions.

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