US shoots down another Iranian drone in Syria

Lucas Tomlinson

A US jet shot down an Iranian drone flying in southern Syria near US-backed forces, a US defense official confirms to Fox News.

This marks the second time in less than a month the US has shot down an Iranian drone.  It also marks the 5th time since late May the US military has bombed pro-Syrian forces in southern Syria.

A US Air Force F-15 shot down the Iranian-made drone, according to the official.

US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels at an outpost near al-Tanf Syria close to Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan for the past few years.

Pentagon Press Statement:

Coalition shoots down armed UAV in Syria 

SOUTHWEST ASIA - A U.S. aircraft shot down an armed pro-Syrian regime Unmanned Aerial Vehicle advancing on Coalition forces in Southern Syria, June 20.

The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces. 

The Coalition forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS. This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8. 

The F-15E intercepted the armed UAV after it was observed advancing on the Coalition position. When the armed UAV continued to advance on the Coalition position without diverting its course it was shot down. 

The Coalition has made it clear to all parties publically and through the de-confliction line with Russian forces that the demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated.  

There is a de-confliction mechanism in place with Russian forces to reduce uncertainty in this highly contested space and mitigate the chances of strategic miscalculation.  Given recent events, the Coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to Coalition and partnered forces.  

The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.  

The Coalition calls on all parties to focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security. 


Sen. Thune says on Russia investigation, “let’s not drag this thing out forever.”

Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) said Tuesday on “Special Report” the current FBI and congressional probes into Russian interference in the 2016 elections needs to proceed, but should could continue indefinitely.  Thune, who is the Senate Republican Conference chairman—the majority’s third-ranking position in the Senate—told Bret Baier that Tuesday’s testimony by Attorney General Sessions made clear, “There haven’t been any conversations that suggest there’s any evidence anywhere, that there was collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign.

Thune said, “ I’m one who believes the special counsel  ought to be able to do his thing, investigate this, but there ought to be some amount of time in which they can conduct that, and make sure they stay in their lanes, and this gets done in a way that brings us to a conclusion one way or another.  But let’s don’t drag this thing out forever.”   

Krauthammer: Trump’s tweet teasing the media

Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday that many of Trump’s tweets are “a tease” for the country and particularly members of the media adding “it’s all smoke.”

“I think he particularly enjoys keeping the country, particularly the media, hanging on his every word,” said Krauthammer. “I have nothing against Ivanka Trump. I think she's done a splendid job in a pretty difficult situation, but it’s a little rich when the Trump family is complaining about the viciousness considering what her dad called ‘Little Marco,’ ‘Lyin’ Ted’ and ‘Crooked Hillary’ as sort of three random characterizations from the campaign. So, I mean he's pretty good at the street fight and what he's getting is a street fight back.”

Although Krauthammer also claimed a large part of the problem included democrats who do not accept the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency arguing “[Trump] is the president. He deserves at least a chance to govern.” 

Krauthammer says U.S. missile defense test “a big deal”

Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday that the Pentagon’s successful test of its missile defense program by destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack is “a big deal and it’s just in time.”

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“What we need to do now is to mass produce these to put them up in Alaska and in California because the North Koreans have announced they will start to mass produce their rockets and they have shown tremendous advance in their rockets even in the last couple of months so this is a race between offense and defense and thank god our defense appears to be working.”

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I don’t trust the story,” Krauthammer said. “The Russians are leaking it clearly on a channel we know we’re going to pick up. The Russians are masters of disinformation and they already have Washington with its knickers in a twist over the Russia conspiracy.”

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President Trump told the leaders today that, “This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States. And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.”

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Liasson added that past leaders such as President Obama have also made similar criticisms in the past. 

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While the trip’s theme was to bring the three great religions together in a nonpolitical way, Krauthammer says the real story is not the visit to the Vatican or Israel, but instead “it’s the realignment of American policy over Iran.” 

The syndicated columnist said it’s important to get the fifty Sunni nations lined up with Saudi Arabia behind the U.S.

Krauthammer added that the trip will “have reverberations for many years. That’s the story.”  He said that “America’s back, that’s the story and the consequences are going to be immense.”


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Byron York told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that the appointment of a special counsel for the Russian investigation means the probe could drag on for years and years, even into the next presidential election.

The Deputy Attorney General named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

York says that while the choice is a good one, it will still bother Capitol Hill Republican members.   "'He's a very respected man but they [Republicans] are worried about a wild goose chase," the Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner stated. 

York even shared with viewers what one current lawmaker told him.  "A U.S. Senator just said to me, 'it matters what the word matters means and what the word directly means.'" 

York explained the senator was referencing the 2003 case in which a special counsel was appointed to find out who leaked the name of a CIA operative to the press.  The Washington Examiner correspondent pointed out that that case was "followed by years and years of investigation.”  And as a result, York said, “we will be talking about this investigation in 2020."  

Krauthammer: “Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to breaking allegations about President Trump by the New York Times, “I think what is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here.”

“Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” Krauthammer continued.

Late Tuesday the New York Times published a story which stated that Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to end a federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn in a February Oval Office meeting. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, writing that Trump told him “I hope you can let this go.” The White House has denied the report.

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Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the timing of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is “inexplicable.”

“This is about – according to the letter by the deputy attorney general – this is about something that occurred on July the 5th. This, it, so we start out with something that is highly implausible,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that if Trump had wanted to remove Comey from his position, he could have done it earlier.

“If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, what you would have done is in the transition you would have spoken with Comey and said we’re going to let you know. That’s when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change. That’s not unprecedented,” Krauthammer commented. 



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