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A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone sits in a hanger at Creech Air Force Base May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Smith

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed during a combat mission against Islamic State in northern Syria on Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force said, adding the aircraft was not brought down by enemy fire and was not taken by Islamic State after it crashed.

"The MQ-9 was destroyed by coalition aircraft and is not in enemy hands," the Air Force said, adding an investigation into the incident was underway.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Tom Brown)

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