Iran-backed Houthi terrorists claim an American drone was shot down in Yemen
BREAKING: Iran-backed Houthi terrorists claim an American MQ-9 Reaper was shot down in Damar province, in central Yemen.
The MQ-9 Reaper is an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations.
The MQ-9 is predominately an armed hunter-killer drone, however, the aircraft is also capable of surveillance and intelligence collection.
MQ-9 Reapers have a unit cost of roughly $64 million, which includes four aircraft.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.
The US sent thousands of additional troops, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, and advanced fighter jets into the Mideast. Mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone has added to the fears of an armed conflict breaking out.