U.S. Loses Contact With Predator Drone Over Syria

Syria claims it shot down drone, but U.S. can't confirm that.

Latakia is a major Syrian port and has been under the control of Syrian government forces.

Photos and videos appeared on social media sites Tuesday showing what appeared to be the wreckage of what was claimed to be an American drone that had been flying over Latakia Tuesday evening local time.

One photo appeared to show pieces of wreckage falling from the night sky in flames.

U.S. officials said it was unclear if the U.S. drone was shot down as the Syrians claimed or if it crashed because of mechanical problems.

If the American drone was brought down by Syrian air defenses it could create a new security dynamic for the American and coalition aircraft that have had free rein over Syrian airspace since last summer.