US says fighter shot drone as it approached outpost near borders of Syria, Iraq, and Jordan, the same day Russian jet came close to US warplane over Baltic Sea

US forces in southern Syria have shot down an Iranian-made armed drone for the second time in 12 days, in a further sign that Washington and Tehran’s agendas are colliding along the Syrian-Iraqi desert frontier.

A US fighter opened fire on the drone in the early afternoon because it was approaching a US outpost at al-Tanf, a strategic point near the Syrian, Iraq and Jordanian borders, according to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (Isis), Operation Inherent Resolve.

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