Iraq shoots down US spy plane

Iraq has claimed that it has shot down an unmanned US spy plane in the north of the country.

Iraq has claimed that it has shot down an unmanned US spy plane in the north of the country.

There was no immediate word from the US military. State radio in Baghdad said the drone flew over northern Iraq on Sunday morning on a spying mission.

"It was detected and controlled by Iraqi air defence units through our special means," said a military spokesman.

"The plane was forced to land inside Iraq territory."

The report did not elaborate on how or where the drone was downed. Much of northern Iraq is a Kurdish autonomous zone that is beyond the control of the Baghdad government.

Last year, Iraq said it shot down two US drones. Washington acknowledged that the unmanned aircraft went down but said it was not sure of the reason.

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