US surveillance drone crashes in Iraq

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The Pentagon this week confirmed that one of its drones crashed in Iraq, after photos of the uncrewed aircraft began circulating on social media. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Pentagon spokesperson said the MC-1Q Gray Eagle drone crashed on June 16th as it was returning to base, adding that “technical complications caused a loss of communications.”

Freelance journalist Steve Ishak tells BuzzFeed that he received photos of the crashed aircraft taken in a government-controlled desert region, near the southern city of Samawah. Activist Steven Nabil posted photos of the $21 million drone to his Twitter account, including a selfie taken directly in front of it.

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