Russia has seriously ramped up their military efforts in Syria. Russia says they are there to aid in the fight against ISIS, although some US officials fear that Russia could also be targeting anti-Assad US backed rebels as well.
Now there is a new tension in the area. According to a Fox News report, Russian fighter jets, which are conducting airstrikes in the area, have been intercepting US Predator drones which are operating in Syrian airspace.
According to that report:
Russian fighter jets shadowed 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 first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official.
The officials say that the Russian aircraft made no moves to shoot down or impede the Predator’s missions. They also stressed that the Predator is not a stealth aircraft and would be fairly easy for modern fighters to intercept.