Houthis Show Video of Downed US Drone

Pentagon acknowledges an MQ-9 'crashed in Yemen'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2024 12:40 PM CDT
Houthis Show Video of Downed US Drone
Houthi supporters surround a giant Palestinian flag during a rally against the US and Israel on Friday in Sanaa, Yemen.   (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday claimed they shot down another of the US military's MQ-9 Reaper drones, airing footage of parts that corresponded to known pieces of the unmanned aircraft. The Houthis said they shot down the Predator with a surface-to-air missile, part of a renewed series of assaults this week by the rebels after a relative lull in their pressure campaign over the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip. US Air Force Lt. Col. Bryon McGarry, a Defense Department spokesperson, acknowledged to the AP that "a US Air Force MQ-9 drone crashed in Yemen." He said an investigation was underway, without elaborating.

The Houthis described the downing as happening Thursday over their stronghold in the country's Saada province. Footage released by the Houthis included what they described as the missile launch targeting the drone, with a man off-camera reciting the Houthi's slogan after it was hit: "God is the greatest; death to America; death to Israel; curse the Jews; victory to Islam." The footage included several close-ups on parts of the drone that included the logo of General Atomics, which manufactures the drone, and serial numbers corresponding with known parts made by the company.

Since the Houthis seized the country's north and its capital of Sanaa in 2014, this would be the fifth drone, at least, that the US military has lost to the rebels, per the AP. Reapers, which cost around $30 million apiece, can fly at altitudes up to 50,000 feet and have an endurance of up to 24 hours before needing to land.

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