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Syrians Down Another Drone

Israel acknowledged yesterday that a pilotless aircraft failed to return from a photo-reconnaissance mission over Lebanon and Syria and presumably was shot down. Damascus radio reported earlier that the drone was hit and crashed northeast of Damascus. It was at least the fourth such Israeli aircraft brought down by the Syrians since the crisis over anti-aircraft missiles in Lebanon began last month.

Pilotless planes do not carry the electronic equipment used by manned aircraft to divert radar-controlled missiles.