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US Navy shoots down Iran-made drone fired from Yemen

The shooting follows a separate incident in the Persian Gulf in which an Iranian drone came within 1,500 yards of the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier.
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WASHINGTON – A US Navy destroyer shot down an Iranian-made drone fired from Yemen on Wednesday in the latest interception over Middle East waterways as the Pentagon seeks to rein in attacks by Iran-backed militias amid Israel's war in Gaza.

A US official speaking to Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the USS Carney shot down the drone emanating from Houthi-controlled territory, but could not say what the suspected target was. The shoot-down was at least the third of its kind by the US Navy in recent weeks. It was first reported by the Associated Press.

The incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. local time in the south Red Sea, as the Carney was escorting a US Navy oiler ship and another US-flagged vessel carrying military equipment to the region, US Central Command confirmed Wednesday night.

The Iran-made drone was a KAS-04 model, which has previously appeared in Iraq and Syria and has been said by Israeli officials to have an extended range of some 1,700 kilometers.

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