• publish: 10 May 2016
  • time: 3:34 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 3885
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Taliban claims to have shot down U.S. drone in Nangarhar province

Taliban insurgents said on social media that they shot down a U.S. drone this week over Afghanistan’s volatile region near the Pakistan border.

 

Officials with the U.S.-led military operation in Afghanistan confirmed Tuesday that they lost contact with the unmanned aircraft that was flying over the country’s Nangahar province.

That’s an area where Taliban forces have made advances in recent months and where Daesh fighters are believed to have a small presence. According to Washington Post.

“We can confirm that we have lost contact with a remotely piloted aircraft,” officials with Resolute Support, the NATO operation in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “At this time we cannot confirm the cause.”

Taliban leaders crowed over the downed drone on Twitter, and on the group’s website.

“The wreckage of the drone is now in Mujahideen possession,” the insurgent group said on its Twitter feed, which showed a photo of the aircraft’s busted fuselage lying on a craggy hillside.

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