Third ISIS Drone Is Destroyed In IraqPOHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii (Jan. 10, 2015) - Marines inspect a Tactical Unmanned Aerial System RQ-7B Shadow after it landed Jan. 10 on Cooper Island. The Shadow is used for various types of missions such as gathering intelligence on enemy locations or objectives, providing over watch support, and laser targeting areas to provide air support to other units. The Marines are aviation mechanics with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Williams Jr)
For months, there has been endless chatter about a blooming drone army being created by ISIS. However, there has been very little said officially. Until yesterday.
Buried in a CENTCOM press release about a bombing in Ramadi, Iraq was a nugget about the third ISIS drone to be destroyed by U.S. bombing raids.
While little is known about the drone, it is unclear whether or not it was armed.
In the past, one drone has been destroyed in Iraq and another in Syria.
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From the Weekly Standard:
The latest official report of a drone in the possession of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is tucked in an August 3rd press release from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the overseers of the air campaign in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization.
The reference is included in a list of targets from the previous day near the Iraqi town of Ramadi: “[T]hree airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL motorcycle, an ISIL drone, four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL resupply truck.”
A CENTCOM spokesperson told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the “remotely piloted aircraft ‘RPA’ was destroyed on the ground,” but that the coalition was unable to confirm whether or not the drone had been armed.