Houthis Claim Shootdown of U.S. MQ-9

Update (1241 EST): A US military source has told Al Jazeera that there is no information available to corroborate these claims:

The Houthi Rebels have claimed to have shot down a U.S. MQ-9/REAPER off the coast of Yemen. Their announcement reads below:

”In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful

With the help of God Almighty, our air defenses were able to shoot down an American MQ9 aircraft while it was carrying out hostile, monitoring and spying activities in the airspace of Yemeni territorial waters and within the framework of American military support for the Israeli entity.

It was shot down, with God’s help, with the appropriate weapons.

The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm their legitimate right to defend the country and confront all hostile threats.

Hostile movements will not deter the Yemeni armed forces from continuing to carry out military operations against the Israeli entity in support of the oppression of the Palestinian people.”

The United States has not commented on the claim as of this publication. This is developing.

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.