A state-of-the-art unmanned reconnaissance aircraft (UAV) of the US Air Force has unexpectedly dropped for unknown reasons while operating in Iraq.
An Iraqi security source told al-Sumaria News TV on Wednesday: “An American drone crashed while flying during a surveillance mission in the eastern al-Baghdadi district in Hit area. , west of Anbar “.
|The rest of the US plane crashed in Iraq.|
Reportedly, the ScanEagle 2 has just dropped unknown cause began serving in the US military since 2014.
This UAV series has a cruising speed of 148km / h, maximum ceiling of nearly 6km and can perform missions in 16-hour long flight.
There is no specific reason why ScanEagle 2 was dropped by the US, but the plane crashed in Iraq at the same time Iran launched threats to retaliate against the US after an air strike killed the senior general of Tehran is Qassem Soleiman on January 3, making the situation more tense.
General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, said Tehran had identified 35 key U.S. military targets and said that all of them were within Iran’s offensive range.
Mr. Abuhamzeh also mentioned that a large number of US destroyers and warships passed through the Strait of Hormuz. Meanwhile, Iraqi pro-Iranian militia group, the Kataeb Hezbollah Brigade, warned Iraqi troops to keep their distance from US forces.
The Kataeb Hezbollah Brigade also issued a warning warning Iraqi forces from 17:00 on January 5 to maintain a distance of at least 1,000 meters from US military bases. This suggests they may launch retaliatory attacks on US forces based in Iraq.
In response to claims of intimidation from Iran, US President Donald Trump, who ordered the campaign to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, exacerbated tensions in the Middle East – was continuous. launching threats to Iran.
Mr. Trump said on Twitter: “The US has just spent 2 trillion dollars on military equipment. Our equipment is the largest in the world and the best so far! If Iran attacks US bases or any American, we will not hesitate to launch them some new and beautiful equipment. We will not hesitate! “.
Although neither side has taken any concrete action, US military militaries say that the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani could make it difficult for the United States to gain a foothold in the Middle East in the future. If war broke out, it would be a war caused by President Donald Trump.
Barbara Slavin, an Iranian expert at the Atlantic Council – a group of US government consultants, said in a CBS interview on the same day:
“The fact that President Donald Trump ordered the army to destroy General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Brigade of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards is ‘a foolish way’, which only destabilizes the situation and could make it difficult for the US to gain a foothold in the Middle East in the future. ”