BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – An armed drone belonging to an unknown militant group (either some Free Syrian Army faction or Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham) has crashed behind government lines in southern Syria’s As-Suweida Governorate.

The exact location of the crash has been reported by pro-government social media as Tal Kulayb near the Jordanian border.

Based on the watermark tags present on photos released via social media, it appears that the drone crashed near positions of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) pro-government militia which is in fact known to be operating close to the Jordanian border in As-Suweida Governorate.

Like most armed drones used by militant groups, the improvised weapon system represents a commercially sold drone that is outfitted with a grip-release designed to drop a light mortar round.

It can quite easily be concluded that the militant-operated drone was on a mission to bomb pro-government forces near the rebel-held frontier and suffered either a battery failure or radio signal failure, causing it to crash.

Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
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