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US MQ-1 Predator drone crashes in southeast Turkey

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo shows the MQ-1 Predator that crashed in southeast Turkey on August 21, 2017.

A US drone has crashed in southeast Turkey and the cause of the crash is being investigated, according to a statement on the website of Incirlik air base in Turkey.

The drone, an MQ-1 Predator, was being remotely piloted when it crashed in southeast Turkey at around 11:50 a.m. (0850 GMT), according to the statement.

No further details have been immediately available.

Incirlik, in southern Turkey, is home to US Air Force troops involved in NATO missions and the US-led coalition purportedly fighting against Daesh in the region.

Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has been scorched by fighting between the Ankara government and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Turkish authorities this month detained a suspected Daesh terrorist of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a US plane at Incirlik, Dogan News Agency said.

(Source: Reuters)

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