An American drone seemingly lost over Libya in November was actually shot down by Russia, the US military said.
Russian forces may not have realized the unarmed drone belonged to the United States when they took it down, the military told Reuters.
“They certainly know who it belongs to now and they are refusing to return it. They say they don’t know where it is but I am not buying it,” General Stephen Townsend, who leads the US Army’s African Command, told the wire service.
Russian mercenaries operating in the country may have been responsible, Libya’s Government of National Accord said.
Russia officially denies using mercenaries in any foreign country, insisting any of their citizens engaged in civil conflict abroad were acting as volunteers. Libya’s government says the mercenaries are there to support Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the country’s civil war.
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