Reports indicate that, Russian fighter jets have intercepted U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the U.S. drones, but instead have flown intercept tracks, a doctrinal term meaning the Russians flew close enough to make their presence felt, according to one official.
“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official.vBoth officials said that the Russian intercepts took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa and as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another intercept occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo. CONTINUE