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US Reaper drone shot down near Yemen by Iranian-backed Houthi militants, defense official says

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(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone was downed in international airspace near Yemen on Wednesday, according to a U.S. defense official.

“We can confirm that a U.S. military MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft was shot down off the coast of Yemen by Houthi forces,” the official said.

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