The U.S. launched its first airstrike against a small-scale, Islamic State drone earlier this week, and this definitely won’t be the last time.
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Islamic State fighters flew the unarmed, unmanned aircraft for 20 minutes near the Iraqi city of Fallujah, says Commander Elissa Smith, a public affairs officer for the Pentagon. After the drone was placed in a vehicle, U.S. warplanes bombed it.

The unmanned aircraft may have been purchased on the Internet or off the shelf in Iraq, according to defense officials who spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation. It wasn’t a military drone, yet it could have helped the Islamic State obtain aerial views and gather data.

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