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    ISIL Drone Shot Down Over Iraq

    ISIL Drone Shot Down Over Iraq

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    Iraqi army and allied militia shot down an ISIL drone in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as it was spying on the Iraqi territory, Iranian media reported Friday.

    According to various reports, a surveillance aircraft operated by ISIL was shot down by Iraqi troops as it was flying over the Hamrin Mountains, 60 miles south of Kirkuk, FARS news agency said in a report.

    The drone was brought down after the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire for hours.

    The ISIL terrorists, who currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq, pose a deadly threat to the local communities of Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Ezadi Kurds as they continue their reign of terror in the occupied parts of the country.

    The Iraqi authorities blame Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and several other Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

    ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by Israel, the Iranian news agency said.


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