A U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone crashed Monday in southern Iraq, according to a new report. An Iraqi man found its remains Tuesday in Samawa, which is located in southern Iraq, the Air Force Times reported. According to U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the drone was flying a combat mission when it crashed, though authorities maintain the plane was not brought down by enemy fire.
At the time of this report, no civilian casualties or property damages had been reported. The following photos were posted to Twitter by Ammar Altahan, allegedly from the desert in Samawa, a city in southern Iraq 200 miles south of Baghdad.
— Ammar Altahan (@ammaraltahan) July 21, 2015
This drone was not the first to crash in Iraq or Syria. In March 2015, a drone crashed while reportedly spying on the home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Though officials reported that the drone in March was shot down by Syrian fire, that report was never confirmed. Three crashes have also occurred in Yemen in the past 15 months, according to the Washington Post.