A video shared by Hezbollah's Al Manar TV Wednesday purportedly shows footage of an American drone being tracked by an Iranian drone over Syria. The footage shows what appears to be a Predator drone in the sights of what is claimed to be an Iranian drone over Tanf, Syria, the site of a border crossing into Iraq.
The voice-over in Farsi states that "this is an American drone" and that it had been identified by the Iranian drone, which tracked it undetected. The voice-over continues, "we could shoot you down anytime, but we take pity on you." The video was tweeted by Dalati, a BBC foreign news producer covering Syria & the wider conflict since 2012.
The video emerged amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and backers of the Assad regime, which include Iranian militias. U.S. and British Special Forces use a facility at Tanf to train Syrian opposition forces for the fight against ISIS.
Mackenzie Wolf is an editorial intern for Military Times.